Teen charged with trying to strangle girlfriend
Published 8:10 pm, Monday, April 16, 2012
A 17-year-old Mill Plain Road resident faces strangulation and assault charges after police said he fought with his girlfriend Sunday night, at one point putting his arm around her neck in an attempt to choke her.
The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, was charged with second-degree strangulation, second-degree assault, unlawful restraint and breach of peace. He was held on a $5,000 cash bond and was scheduled to have appeared Monday in juvenile court.
Police received a call around 10:30 p.m. Sunday from another Mill Plain Road resident who reported hearing someone screaming, "You almost killed!" Officers dispatched to the scene located the 17-year-old, who said he'd argued with his girlfriend, who had left the scene, over breaking up, according to the report. They found the girl at her home and she told officers her boyfriend shoved her, grabbed her shoulder and ripped her shirt, put his hand over her mouth several times, and punched her in the eye and nose. She said she briefly lost consciousness and when she tried to crawl to her car, he covered her mouth with his hand and put his arm around her neck and tried to choke her, police said.
When the teen finally let her go, she dropped to the ground and he apologized, according to the report. She then drove away from the scene of the assault, police said.