A Connell man is accused of pushing down his girlfriend, dragging her across the living room floor and trying to strangle her during an argument about money.
Warren R. Alexander, 33, pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to felony unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault with domestic violence. The assault is a gross misdemeanor.
His trial is scheduled Jan. 28.
While the woman claims Alexander wouldn’t let her leave the apartment during the attack, Alexander said his girlfriend is the one who kept hitting him and he never prevented her from leaving, court documents said.
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Police got reports of a domestic dispute at a North Almira Street apartment at 10:48 a.m. Nov. 20.
An officer could hear a man and woman arguing inside the home before he knocked on the front door.
Officers separated the two while they tried to figure out what was happening.
The woman said they were arguing because Alexander doesn’t have a job, and at some point he pushed her up against a wall so that she hit a shelf and broke her son’s piggy bank, documents said.
She told police she tried to leave the apartment to “run an errand,” but Alexander positioned himself in front of the door so she couldn’t get by.
She again tried to get out after being pulled across the floor, and Alexander responded by putting his hands around her neck, court documents said.
She claimed she was unable to breathe and was gasping for air, documents said. Officers noted that she had slight redness on her elbows and neck.
The woman said she hit Alexander in self-defense, and showed police a text message she had sent to a neighbor asking for help because he would not let her leave.
After his arrest, Alexander told police that the two had started arguing the day before about his girlfriend’s alleged drug use, court documents said.
He claimed that a relative witnessed the girlfriend hitting him, and said he didn’t call the police about it, “because I love her,” documents said.
Alexander further claimed he’d only gently pushed his girlfriend against the wall before officers arrived, and that he just happened to be standing in front of the door as he was telling her “to settle down.” He denied trying to strangle the woman.
Alexander is ordered to stay away from his girlfriend until this case is resolved. He is in the Franklin County jail on $2,500 bail.