Utah man assaulted woman he asked to use stun gun on him, police say

Police: Utah man assaults woman he asked to use Taser on him

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A Utah man assaulted a woman who he had previously asked to use a stun gun on him, police said.

Police said Ashten Lawrence, 20, got a woman a Taser for Christmas and told her “to use it if he ever went into a panic attack because he would become violent,” KUTV reported.

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On Jan. 2, Lawrence started to have a panic attack. The woman, fearing for her safety, applied the electronic device to his neck. Lawrence became enraged and repeatedly hit her in the face. He then dragged her across the floor and put his hands over her mouth, restricting her breathing for at least five seconds, police said.

Lawrence was arrested and charged with assault and aggravated assault, KUTV reported.

He asked the woman to use a taser on him during his panic attacks "because he would become violent," police reported.

Posted by KUTV 2News on Monday, January 11, 2021
FILE PHOTO: A Utah man assaulted a woman who he had previously asked to use a stun gun on him, police said.
FILE PHOTO: A Utah man assaulted a woman who he had previously asked to use a stun gun on him, police said. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)