Herbert Anthony Flying Horse

Herbert Anthony Flying Horse appears Thursday via video in Gallatin County Justice Court. 

A 47-year-old West Yellowstone man is accused of assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her after an argument.

Herbert Anthony Flying Horse, 47, is charged with felony partner or family member assault, his third or subsequent offense. He is also charged with misdemeanor destruction or tampering of a communication device.

Flying Horse appeared Thursday in Gallatin County Justice Court before Judge Rick West. His bail was set at $50,000.

On Wednesday sometime between 2:30 a.m. and 4 a.m., Flying Horse and a woman got into an argument. Flying Horse hit her in the face with a can and punched her, causing her to bleed from her nose and mouth, according to charging documents.

The woman ran to the bathroom when Flying Horse brandished two knives and threatened to kill her, police said in charging documents. Flying Horse knocked her to the ground when she tried running away and repeatedly hit her, police said.

Flying Horse grabbed the woman’s cellphone when she tried calling 911, court documents allege.

The woman eventually got away. She was taken to a hospital where she was treated for a broken tooth, possible broken tailbone and bruising and swelling to her face, police said in charging documents.

At 1:55 p.m., Flying Horse was arrested at the White Buffalo Hotel in West Yellowstone.

Prosecutor Ashley Carroll argued that Flying Horse had an extensive criminal history that included theft, vandalism, escape and three prior assaults.

Alex Jacobi, Flying Horse’s attorney, said Flying Horse was 17 and dealing with the juvenile system in South Dakota at the time of the escape. He asked that Flying Horse’s bail be set at $1,000 and that he be required to wear a GPS monitor when he goes back to West Yellowstone.

“We don’t have other indications that he is problematic dealing with law enforcement, dealing with the court’s orders and dealing with getting back to the court,” Jacobi said.

If convicted, Flying Horse could face up to 66 months in jail and up to a $51,000 fine.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2630.

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