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AYER — A 56-year-old Ayer man is being held without bail on an attempted-murder charge after he allegedly choked his disabled wife and kicked her with his cowboy boots.

Robert J. Schunk, of 25 Groton School Road, Lot 24, was was arrested Monday, April 19. He pleaded innocent in Ayer District Court to charges of attempted murder, assault and battery on a disabled person with injury, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (shod foot).

After a dangerousness hearing on Thursday, April 22, Schunk was ordered held without bail until his next court date of May 20.

According to court documents, Ayer police responded to the Schunk home to find a female victim bleeding from facial injuries. The victim, Schunk’s wife, told police she is mentally and physically disabled.

Schunk had fled the scene but was located at another trailer in the trailer park.

The victim told police her husband became angry and choked her. She thought she was going to die and tried to break free, she said. As she struggled, she landed on the floor, where her husband allegedly punched her in the face and kicked her in her abdomen, shoulders and chest with the cowboy boots he was wearing, she said.

Schunk left when the couple’s adult son intervened.

According to court documents, Schunk told police he “lost it” and he couldn’t believe he hit her.