A Waco man was arrested on a felony assault charge on New Year's Day in a domestic assault case police said likely started months ago.

Robert Anthony Davila, 27, was arrested Monday on a charge of aggravated assault after police were called to a North Waco home Dec. 19, where a woman reported Davila had assaulted her, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said. The woman said Davila had been hitting her with his fists and pulling her hair and that she had been able to get away from him to report the incident, Swanton said.

"Also, on Dec. 17, they got into an argument and he pulled out a knife, held it up to her throat and said he was going to kill her," Swanton said. "She did have a small cut to her throat and she said she was in fear for her life."

The week before the assault with the knife, the woman told police Davila had hit her numerous times in the head and chest, Swanton said. She also told police Davila had pulled her around the house during another incident, causing her pain and injuries, he said.

Swanton said the abuse had likely been ongoing for several months and escalated last month as police received an arrest warrant for Davila.

Davila was arrested Monday on the second-degree felony aggravated assault charge. He was also arrested on a violation of court order charge, an evading arrest charge and a marijuana possession charge.

Police took Davila to McLennan County Jail, where he remained in custody Tuesday with bond listed at $104,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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