Traverse City Record-Eagle

April 9, 2013

Deputies: Man tried to strangle ex-girlfriend

From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City man may face prison time after authorities allege he forced himself into an ex-girlfriend’s home and tried to strangle her.

Investigators said the man, 35, sent threatening text messages to his girlfriend late last week. He showed up at her Elmwood Township home at 4:30 a.m. and crawled in through an unlocked window after she refused to let him in, deputies said.

The woman and her sister attempted to force the man out. Deputies said he put his former girlfriend into a chokehold before another family member called 911.

He ran away and was arrested several hours later for first-degree home invasion and assault by strangulation or suffocation. The suspect was also charged as a habitual offender for a prior felony.

Authorities said this is the fourth report of domestic violence between the suspect and his ex-girlfriend, but there was no prosecution in the previous cases.

The man is the first in Leelanau County to be charged with assault by strangulation or suffocation, which as of April 1, is a felony that carries a 10-year maximum penalty. His identity was not released.