A West Des Moines man was arrested late Wednesday after allegedly assaulting a female with a knee to the face.

Thomas Harold Kerbel, 36, of 851 S. 93rd St., West Des Moines, was charged with first-offense domestic abuse assault-bodily injury or mental illness.

The incident began about 10 p.m. Wednesday, when officers of the West Des Moines Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 800 block of S. 93rd Street.

According to court records, Kerbel “did purposefully knee” the female victim “in the mouth, causing a busted lip.”

Kerbel is held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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