Pocatello man accused of trying to strangle woman

December 5, 2018

POCATELLO — A man from this Southeast Idaho city faces longer than a decade in prison for allegedly trying to strangle a woman last month.

Michael Chapman, 34, faces one count of attempted strangulation, a felony, for allegedly choking a woman after a verbal argument turned into a physical altercation around 2:40 p.m. on Nov. 28, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Bannock County Prosecutors on Nov. 29 and obtained by the Journal on Monday.

Pocatello police officers on Nov. 28 were dispatched to a home on the 1500 block of Tyler Place in Pocatello for a report of an assault. On scene, officers came into contact with Chapman and an alleged female victim, the document states.

After interviewing Chapman and the alleged victim, officers learned that Chapman and the woman were sitting in the front seats of a vehicle when a verbal argument ensued, with Chapman sitting in the driver seat of the vehicle.

During the verbal dispute, Chapman allegedly grabbed the woman by the neck and began choking her, according to court documents.

The document states that officers observed red marks that appeared to be left by fingers as well as dried blood on both sides of the alleged victims neck.

A Pocatello Fire Department ambulance was dispatched to the scene and medically cleared the alleged victim, the court document states.

Chapman was arrested and transported to the Bannock County Jail where he remains incarcerated on a $40,000 bond.

Chapman has retained Bannock County Public Defender Dave Martinez as his attorney and is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 10.

If convicted of the felony attempted strangulation charge, Chapman faces up to 15 years in prison and must undergo a mental health evaluation, counseling or other treatment.

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