A Marble Hill man who police say slashed his girlfriend's leg with a kitchen knife during a dispute Thursday night has been charged with five felonies. 32-year old Christopher Nanney was arrested in St. Louis early Friday morning after he allegedly beat and cut his 28-year-old girlfriend in their Marble Hill home and then fled north on Interstate 55, where he was arrested after being located by authorities who tracked his cellphone signal. He is charged with first-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, and two counts of second-degree physical assault. Charges also include tampering with physical evidence -- police say Nanney attempted to clean the knife after the assault by soaking it in a water-filled sink. According to a probable-cause statement written by Nick Becker of the Marble Hill Police Department Nanney allegedly threatened to kill the woman and hide her body after he hit her repeatedly and stuck the knife in her leg. She was able to escape by saying she was going into another room for some clothing and then running out the door. She called 911 as she walked to the Bollinger County Sheriff's Department. The girlfriend was taken to a hospital to be treated for her injuries.
Nanney was treated in St. Louis after he said he was sick from trying to commit suicide through carbon monoxide poisoning. He was in the Bollinger County Jail on Saturday with a $100,000 cash-only bond.
Becker told the prosecuting attorney's office that Nanney also faces two separate charges in St. Louis County for felony possession of a controlled substance, for which he was out of jail on bond.
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