CLINTON, Mo.- The Clinton Police Department investigated a violent assault over the weekend which involved a Clinton woman and a man she met online from the Chicago, Il., area.

According to a post on the Clinton Police Department’s Facebook page, officers were called to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital emergency room just after midnight Saturday, August 18. Upon arrival, the unidentified Clinton woman was severely injured and had allegedly been assaulted at her residence located on the east side of Clinton.

Further investigation determined that the female victim met the Country Club Hills, Il., native Michael Pullums, 39, online and began a relationship. Pullum was in Clinton visiting when an argument broke out between the two and he allegedly stabbed her multiple times with a knife and pair of scissors before strangling her.

Police said the woman played dead and when she saw an opportunity, attempted to run outside to escape him. Pullums allegedly ran after her behind the residence and beat her with a metal chair. The victim stated that Pullums stopped the attack only when he heard sirens of a passing by ambulance.

Pullums reportedly then loaded the female victim into her own vehicle, drove her to the hospital and told emergency room staff they had been robbed. He then left the hospital in her vehicle en route back to Illinois and a few hours later was arrested by Warren County deputies still covered in the victim’s blood.

Formal charges were filed in Henry County Circuit Court on Sunday, August 19, against Pullum for one count of felony first degree domestic assault-causing serious physical injury. He remains in custody at the Henry County Jail with bond set at $100,000 cash or surety. Future court proceedings have not yet been scheduled.