(Jan. 3, 2020) Sawndale Wilfred Auguste, 25, of Bridgeville, Delaware, will face a felony hearing after the District Court for Worcester County in Ocean City found probable cause on Thursday, Dec. 19. 

Auguste faces 13 charges after his partner accused him of choking her and threatening her with a handgun.

Police reported that on Friday, Nov. 22, Auguste and his partner had been arguing all day over beneficiary matters. 

The alleged assault victim told police that the suspect had been drinking all day and grew increasingly agitated. 

Later, on a car ride back to the couple’s midtown hotel, she told police, Auguste pulled out a handgun during an argument and began racking the slide of the gun. 

Her children later told police that Auguste had pointed the gun at their mother, and threatened to kill her. 

When the group reached the hotel parking lot, the woman and her children attempted to flee from Auguste, but the suspect managed to grab his partner and began choking her, police reported. 

A witness ushered the children away from the violence, and called police, the report said. 

A police search of the vehicle turned up a Taurus handgun on the front passenger floorboard, next to a pint bottle of liquor. 

The gun, police later found, had been stolen from the Delaware State Police Camden Barrack, and that Auguste had been prohibited from possessing a handgun after a third-degree assault conviction in 2014. 

Auguste refused to speak with police and did not consent to a DNA test. 

Police charged Auguste for possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a handgun, possession of a handgun in a vehicle, violent use of a firearm, possession of a loaded handgun, possession of a loaded handgun in a vehicle, illegal possession of ammo, illegal possession of a firearm, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and three charges of reckless endangerment. 

His trial is scheduled for Jan. 17, at district court in Ocean City.

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