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Robert Townsend (fox4kc.com) — KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A firefighter is in jail Thursday night and under investigation over allegations that he assaulted a woman he once dated outside a Kansas City North fire station. Anthony Polito, 33, has been charged in Clay County with second-degree domestic assault, a class C felony.

Witnesses say police arrested Polito at the firehouse where he worked and took him away in handcuffs.

According to the police report, just after 11 p.m. on Wednesday, a 30-year-old woman told detectives she went to meet Polito at the Kansas City fire house on Brighton Avenue in Kansas City North.

She says they’ve been in an on-again, off-again relationship and while she recently moved in with him, she said things were “not working out so she decided to end the relationship.”

She said she also wanted him to give her a spare key to her car, but when she asked for it, they began a heated argument. The woman says Polito hopped in her vehicle, grabbed her by the neck and choked her.

The 130 pound woman says when she repeatedly honked her horn, he let go of her neck.

According to the report she gave police, they continued to argue and within moments, she says Polito hit her on her right shoulder with a closed fist and then slapped her on her right cheek. The woman told police that Polito told her, “We were meant to be together and if you try to leave me, I will come after you.”

According to the police report, he told the woman “You need to go back to the house and wait for me there. I will be home in the morning and we will finish this then.”

FOX 4’s Robert Townsend reports that on May 29, 2014, police arrested Polito for disturbing the peace in Harrisonville, Mo. Records show he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor offense and was sentenced to two years probation.

The Kansas City Fire Department gave FOX 4 this statement about the charge:

“The Fire Chief was made aware of the situation this morning. He and his staff have been gathering additional details and facts since then. While the Chief is not one to jump to conclusions, he has zero tolerance for the accused behavior, and he will take appropriate action when additional facts are known.”

Polito’s bail has been set at $50,000, online records don’t list any court dates for him yet.

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