CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper Police Department arrested a man for allegedly choking and hitting a woman after the two celebrated her 21st birthday.
According to an affidavit entered into the Natrona County Circuit Court, officers were dispatched to an apartment on Wyoming Boulevard around 3 a.m. on Wednesday.
Officers were told by dispatch that “a hysterical female called” saying “a male had beat her up” before the line was disconnected.
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Officers arrived and made contact with Jaquez Howard, 25, who claimed the woman had hit him in the head on their way home from celebrating her 21st birthday. Officers noted they could not see any visible injuries to Howard, according to the report.
When interviewing the woman, officers were told while on their way home Howard accused her of “cheating on him.” She told officers that he “is constantly violent with her.”
After entering the apartment, she went to the bathroom. While there she ways Howard entered and “started strangling her,” according to the report. She told officers she “started seeing stars and it was hard to breath.”
She said Howard then hit her in the face “at least five times with a closed fist” and now had pain in her jaw and cheeks.
She left the bathroom and used a landline to call for help before Howard pulled the cord from the wall. She then attempted to use two different cell phones. She was able to reach 911 before Howard grabbed the phone and threw it against the wall.
Officers noted fresh abrasions under her jaw and on her throat, as well as red and swollen cheeks. She says he also pulled one of her tied boots from her foot, leaving a visible bruise on her leg.
The report says as officers read Howard his rights while placing him under arrest, he told the officers “**** you.”
He was transported to the Natrona County Detention Center and is charged with strangulation of a household member, domestic abuse and battery, interference with emergency calls, and probation revocation by a peace officer.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.