A Tooele man is facing three criminal charges after he allegedly choked a female victim and prevented her from leaving his home.
Andy Lynne Williams, 25, is charged with third-degree felony aggravated assault and two counts of misdemeanor unlawful detention.
A Tooele City police officer was dispatched to a home on Timpie Road on reports of domestic violence in progress on Dec. 27, according to a probable cause statement. The reporting party said he received messages from his friend that said she feared for her safety and Williams wasn’t allowing her to leave.
When the officer arrived, the reporting party provided multiple text messages from the victim that stated Williams was refusing to let her leave, the statement said. The officer knocked on the door several times before the victim answered the door. She said she had been trying to leave Williams’ home with her friend and Williams became upset and pushed her onto the bed and held her down.
The victim also told police her friend left the area but when he returned, Williams became violent again, the statement said. The victim said Williams held her down and choked her until she was dizzy.
The victim said her shirt was ripped during the altercation, according to the probable cause statement. The responding officer observed red marks and scratches along the left side of the victim’s chest and along her neck area, and located the ripped shirt.
Williams said the injuries and ripped shirt were from a sexual act between him and the victim, which the victim denied.
Williams made his initial appearance in 3rd District Court before Judge Matthew Bates on Dec. 31, where he was appointed a public defender. He is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday morning for a scheduling conference.