Man arrested for attempting to strangle former girlfriend

2013-01-21T18:45:00Z 2013-01-21T21:32:09Z Man arrested for attempting to strangle former girlfriendJoyce Russell joyce.russell@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | A 32-year-old Portage man faces several charges after a fight with his girlfriend Monday morning escalated to death threats and his attempt to strangle her, according to police.

Police were called at 2:50 a.m. Monday to a home in the 800 block of Camelot Manor for the report of a physical disturbance.

When they arrived, police found the 30-year-old victim crying and upset. The woman's foot was bleeding, her face red, her mouth bleeding and there were signs of bruising. Hand marks could be seen around her neck, police said.

The victim told police her former live-in boyfriend, David Shreve, 32, had followed her home and they began arguing. She told police he had slapped a sports drink bottle from her mouth, began choking her with both hands and told her, "I'm going to kill you in your own home."

The victim told police she began to fight with Shreve when he picked her up and slammed her to the ground, began striking her face and then placed his fingers in her mouth and began pulling her cheeks out. When she threatened to call police, he continued to hit and threaten her.

She broke free and attempted to get out of the residence. She made it through the door, but Shreve allegedly tackled her from behind, causing her to fall off the porch and into some garbage cans. She ran to a neighbor's home and he entered his truck and fled the scene.

Police stopped Shreve at a nearby gas station. He told police the woman had invited him to the home and, when they began arguing, she attacked him for an unknown reason.

Police also found that Shreve had been drinking and after searching his vehicle, found a burnt hand-rolled marijuana cigarette.

Shreve was charged with strangulation, domestic battery, possession of marijuana, intimidation, operating while intoxicated and interference with reporting a crime.

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