November 15, 2017

by Carl Prine

A Marine MP is accused of strangling a woman at a Camp Pendleton beach after she refused to have sex with him in a firetruck.

In a federal court filing obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune this week, the Navy Criminal Investigation Service accuses Marine reserve military police officer Sgt. Daniel Jack Schumi of beating and choking an unidentified woman on Feb. 26 at the base’s Del Mar Beach Rental Cottages.

Responding to an emergency call placed from a neighboring cottage at the base resort, authorities found witnesses restraining Schumi after they overhead the screams of his alleged victim and came to save her.

According to the criminal complaint, a drunk Schumi suggested to the woman that they have sex in a firetruck parked at the beach. She didn’t want to do it and began packing to leave, the complaint states.

Schumi then spun her into a chair and squeezed her throat “until she saw black,” she told investigators. After she kicked herself free, he allegedly threw her to the floor, pinned her with his knees and then returned to strangling her, trying to cover her mouth to keep her from crying for help, authorities say.

It allegedly took four bystanders to hold him until Camp Pendleton’s law enforcement arrived, according to the complaint.

“NCIS does not discuss the details of ongoing investigations,” agency spokesman Ed Buice said by email.

Attempts to reach Schumi, 26, on a social media platform and the telephone number of a parent in Wisconsin were unsuccessful.

Reached by telephone, his court-appointed criminal defense attorney, John Ellis, declined to comment.

An arrest warrant was issued for Schumi on Nov. 6, and he was arraigned in federal court three days later, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors allege that the woman also reported a previous assault by him in July of 2016 at their residence in Oceanside.

In an online profile, Schumi describes himself as a native of East Troy, Wisconsin, who is transitioning out of the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton and seeks employment as a civilian police officer.

Camp Pendleton officials confirmed that Schumi is a reservist but declined to identify his unit during the alleged incident or his current command.

A spokesman for the Marines’ reserve component did not return messages seeking comment.

In his online profile, Schumi says that he has been stationed at Camp Pendleton since mid-2012 and that he deployed to Yemen and assisted the U.S. Navy Police with investigating sailors and Marines for multiple thefts and assaults aboard the amphibious warship San Diego.

His profile also lists him as a hand-to-hand combat instructor and a police officer who responded to more than 20 domestic violence cases in his Marine Corps career.

Military news releases show that he also served at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in Japan and deployed overseas with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

In 2015, he was assigned to 1st Law Enforcement Battalion of the First Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group at Camp Pendleton, according to Pentagon press releases.

Documentation of Schumi’s case was released along with charge sheets on several other cases, in response to a request by The San Diego Union-Tribune under the Freedom of Information Act. 

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