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Harry Menke Jr. is facing several felony charges connected to an alleged domestic assault (mug shot TCSO)


A man from Branson has been charged with kidnapping, first-degree domestic assault with serious injury and armed criminal action after allegedly stabbing his wife during a fight yesterday (01-11-11).

According to the probable cause statement, Harry Menke Jr., 52, told authorities that after he had returned home from looking for a job his wife, Heather, started yelling at him and slapped him in the face.  Menke told the arresting officer that he grabbed a steak knife and threw it at his wife not expecting it to "stick in her but it did." 

He told cops that he pulled the phone out of the wall and refused to let his wife leave the residence because after twelve years of being belittled by his wife he wanted her to "have a taste of her own medicine."

Menke is being held in the Taney County jail on $100,000 bond.