Two York County men were arrested this week after they allegedly committed violent assaults against their spouses.

Major William L. King Jr. of the York County Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Johannes Kotze of Lebanon was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon.

Police said that Kotze struck his wife with his hands and feet, pushed her down, and then held his hand over her mouth to stifle her screams. When she tried to flee, he slapped her in the face and threatened to kill her with a knife.

The victim, who was allowed to go to work provided she promise not to call police, suffered multiple bruises and a bloody nose.

Matthew Nickerson, 29, of Hollis was arrested on Wednesday morning and charged with domestic violence assault after he slapped his wife in the face – knocking off her eyeglasses.

When the victim pulled over to the side of the road to call police, Nickerson threw her cellphone out the window before driving off with their 4-year-old son in the backseat.

Nickerson was arrested near the Hannaford Supermarket in Waterboro. The couple had been driving home from a medical appointment when they started arguing.