A Phoenixville man was arrested on aggravated assault charges after he allegedly violated a court order by threatening to kill a borough woman by holding a steak knife to her throat early Sunday morning.

Shawn Davis, 42, of the 100 block of High Street, Phoenixville, is charged with aggravated assault; simple assault; recklessly endangering another person; possessing instruments of crime; harassment; and terroristic threats.

According to court documents, Officer Brett Popiny said he was dispatched to the 100 block of High Street for a disturbance involving a knife around 3:12 a.m. September 14.

Upon arrival, Popiny said he spoke to the woman, whose name is being withheld by The Phoenix.

She told police that Davis confronted her in the driveway as she was exiting her vehicle.

"She said that Davis was angry at her because she did not return phone calls and text messages," said Popiny. "She said she instructed him to leave her alone or she would call the police."

The woman told Popiny that was when Davis pulled out a serrated steak knife from his right pocket and placed it close to her throat.

"She said he said, 'If you scream, I'll kill you!'" said Popiny. "She began to cry and feared for her life. She said Davis wanted her to get back into the car. As he attempted to get into the passenger seat,

she locked the door and drove to safety. Once she was in a safe area, she contacted a family member, who then summoned police to the residence."

Davis was taken into custody by police and transported to Thorndale District Court, where he was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge James Charley.

It was Charley who had signed an arrest warrant on Davis stemming from another assault incident in July.

Davis was wanted by police on aggravated assault charges after he allegedly punched the same woman 8 to 10 times in the face July 27.

For this incident, Davis is charged with aggravated assault; simple assault; recklessly endangering another person; harassment; and terroristic threats.

According to court documents, Officer Jose Sousa said that police were dispatched to the 100 block of High Street, Phoenixville for the report of a domestic assault around 5:04 p.m. July 27.

Upon arrival, Sousa said, he came into contact with the same woman, and observed injuries to the victim's face, neck and right shoulder.

She told police that Davis had assaulted her in the residence during an argument over the ending of their relationship. She said that during the course of the assault, Davis punched her approximately 8 to 10 times about the face.

"She said he choked her to the point that she started to see blackness," said Sousa. "She said he threatened to kill her if he couldn't have her."

The woman told police that she was scared for her life during the assault, and the only thing that stopped the assault was the intervention of her children. Davis fled the area prior to police arrival.

After Charley signed a warrant for Davis' arrest, he was taken into custody by law enforcement officials on Wednesday, July 30, and was transported to Phoenixville District Court.

He was then arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Ted Michaels that Wednesday afternoon.

A check of his criminal history revealed that Davis was arrested last October for aggravated assault; simple assault and harassment. He was sentenced to probation earlier this year in the Court of Common Pleas in West Chester.

Davis was released after Michaels set his bail at $75,000 unsecured bail with the provision of no contact whatsoever with the victim, direct or indirect; and to be processed at the Schuylkill Township Police Station.

However, on Sunday morning, Charley noted that Michaels set the bail provision of no contact with the victim on Davis, and set his bail at $50,000 cash bail and remanded him to Chester County Prison.

His next court appearance on these new set of charges is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2008, at 9 a.m., in Phoenixville District Court.

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