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Magna man allegedly choked girlfriend as daughter watched


By Erin alberty

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Sep 14 2013 07:55PM
Updated Sep 14, 2013 08:23PM

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A Magna man is accused of choking and beating his girlfriend to unconsciousness multiple times while threatening to kill her in front of their 3-year-old daughter.

In charges filed Friday, police wrote that the man and woman were arguing at their home, when the man pinned the woman to the bed and choked her "multiple times." The woman tried to shoot pepper spray at the man but missed. The man told their daughter to leave the room and choked the woman until she passed out, police wrote.

When the woman awoke, she heard her daughter at the bedroom door asking to come in. The man told the girl "that her mother was going to God," police wrote.

After an hour, the woman tried to escape but fell before reaching the front door, police wrote. The man grabbed her by the hair, gave her a notebook and told her to write a goodbye letter, police wrote. The woman refused and tried again to leave, but the man threw her to the floor, causing her to black out again, poilce wrote.

The man tried to carry the woman outside, where she fell, screaming for help, and crawled under his car, police wrote. He tried to pull her out by her hair, but the woman grabbed onto the car, police wrote. The man turned on the car but could not drive it because it was blocked by the woman’s car, so he went back inside, police wrote. The woman fled to a neighbor’s house and watched the man drive her car away.

The man left the car in a parking lot in North Salt Lake, police wrote; officers found him at a nearby apartment building.

The man, 24, was charged with first-degree felony aggravated kidnapping, two second-degree felony counts and two third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault, third-degree felony domestic violence in the presence of a child and misdemeanor joyriding.

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