SAN TAN VALLEY, AZ - A 28-year-old San Tan Valley man was arrested Thursday for allegedly strangling his wife during a domestic dispute, according to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
The 24-year-old victim called PCSO and said her husband had “grabbed her by the throat,” public information officer Sgt. Pat Ramirez says.
The woman says her husband was mad at her and yelling at her when he grabbed her arm. She pulled her arm away, but then he slapped her face. After the slap, the husband grabbed her neck and strangled and shook her, according to Ramirez.
She got out of his grip and said she was calling police. The man told her she “would regret it if she did” and left the house, Ramirez says.
The victim says she’s been strangled by her husband three different times before, but hasn’t reported it to authorities, according to Ramirez.
Deputies who responded to the call said the woman’s injuries were consistent with strangulation wounds, PCSO says.
“This very easily could have ended much worse for the victim,” Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement. “I commend her for taking a stand and having the courage to finally call law enforcement and report these crimes that have been perpetrated against her.”
The man was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of assault and disorderly conduct, all of which fall under domestic violence statutes, according to PCSO.