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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 11:47 pm

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man is charged with felony assault and kidnapping for allegedly subjecting his girlfriend to an hours-long beating Saturday night.

Fairbanks police said the victim had difficulty escaping her assailant and wrote the word “help” on the frosted window of a 23rd Avenue home at one point. She eventually managed to run outside without shoes or coat and was taken to the hospital by a bystander she encountered at the Holiday Station, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in court.

Police arrested Mark Richard Leroux, 42, who invoked his Fifth

Amendment protection against self-incrimination when questioned. Police said Leroux had a bump on his head, a scratch on his nose, and blood on his pants, shirt and left knuckles.

Leroux’s girlfriend told police that the night before they had been drinking beer together and Leroux was smoking spice, a synthetic marijuana, at a room they had rented at a South Fairbanks motel. She said she had a seizure and when she recovered from the seizure Leroux became upset. She said he yelled a racial epithet at her and proceeded to choke her with both hands until she saw spots in her vision.

She said hotel management evicted the couple for making too much noise. With them when they left the room was a friend of Leroux’s who had called for help when the woman had the seizure, she said.

The couple walked eight blocks to a home on the 2300 block of 23rd Avenue. During the walk, she said Leroux hit her and pushed her down and occasionally dragged her by her hair. The woman said the assault continued inside the home for several hours before she managed to escape.

She told police she and Leroux had been dating for about three weeks. The woman had injuries to her face including a black eye, a bite mark on her cheek, and many scrapes and bruises, police said. She also had lost considerable amounts of hair and had bruising on her neck and lower back, police said.

Leroux was arraigned Monday. He is next scheduled to appear in court next week.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545. Follow him on Twitter, @FDNMcrime.

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