Casper police arrested a man who allegedly beat his girlfriend with a table leg.

Dennis Tyrrell, 59, heard the two felony charges filed against him during his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Tyrrell is charged with one count of domestic battery against a household member, with this being the third offense in 10 years. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

He also was charged with one count of aggravated assault. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

He will have a preliminary hearing within a few weeks to determine whether his case should be bound over to district court for trial.

Circuit Court Judge Brian Christensen set his bond at $15,000.

Early Tuesday, police responded to a call from a parking lot at K and Beech streets where they found a woman sitting in her van and her face covered with blood, according to an affidavit filed in circuit court.

She was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center's emergency room, where she told police she came home about 2 a.m. and found Tyrrell on her couch. He was to have moved out several days before that.

They argued, he pushed her, punched her on the back, and then threw a table at her.

She hit him with the table to make him stop hitting her. Tyrrell grabbed a table leg, knocked her down, put his knee on her throat and repeatedly beat her head with the table leg.

She escaped, grabbed her keys and purse, fled and called police.