Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Kelso man suspected of strangling a household member several times over nearly two hours early Tuesday morning. An “associate” of the female victim reported the fight to deputies, who responded around 1 a.m. Tuesday, said Chief Criminal Deputy Troy Brightbill.
“The female came running out of the house wearing no pants and a ripped shirt, crying hysterically,” Brightbill said, reading from the probable cause statement. “A male inside the house was yelling.” The woman said she’d come home to find her housemate, Erin Joseph Newton, intoxicated, and they started to argue, Brightbill said.
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The woman told police that Newton, 41, strangled her 10 times over the course of two and a half hours. She also alleged that Newton ripped out her earrings and threw her into a wall, onto the floor and into a laundry basket that broke.
“There were abrasions to the female’s neck in the shape of fingers,” and both her ears were bleeding, Brightbill said. “Based on the statements and evidence the deputies observed, they placed Newton under arrest for assault.” Newton was arrested on suspicion of second-degree domestic violence assault. He is being held in the Cowlitz County jail on a $15,000 bond, according to jail records.