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Police: Lyons man tried to drown girlfriend 3 times

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RIVERSIDE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A Lyons man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly tried to drown his girlfriend in a bathtub three times early Saturday in west suburban Riverside.

The woman, 53, got into an argument with Michael D. Bruner about 8 p.m. Friday in her coach house in the 100 block of Lawton Road in Riverside, according to a release issued by Riverside police. A short time later they argued a second time about missing prescription drugs inside the home, at which point the woman left for a friend's house in Berwyn.

She returned to the coach house about 1 a.m. Saturday and another argument broke out about Xanax pills that were missing from the home, police said.

The woman walked away from the argument and went upstairs to take a bath, but as she was undressing and filling the tub Bruner angrily opened the door and pushed her into the tub before beginning to choke her and push her head under the water, police said.

She was able to briefly break free twice, and after the third drowning attempt the woman managed to run from the coach house to the main house at the front of the property and call 911 about 2 a.m., police said.

The woman was standing in front of the house screaming when police arrived and told responding officers that her boyfriend had tried to drown her three separate times. Officers saw Bruner leaving the coach house through a side door and arrested him as he tried to flee north from the home, police said.

Bruner, 60, of the 8000 block of Christie Avenue in Lyons was charged with one count of attempted murder and one count of felony aggravated domestic battery by strangulation, police said. Bruner is a felon with former convictions for burglary, theft, drugs, forgery and DUI, police said.

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