Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Man Charged With Choking Girlfriend

A 50-year-old man was arrested Monday after deputies say he choked his live-in girlfriend during an argument.

Thomas Paul Engel, 1620 Rock Road, Golden Gate, was charged with felony battery.

Arrest reports say Colleen Nickel, 45, told deputies that Engel was going to drive her over to a relative’s house and then refused. They started arguing and Engel began to hit and choke her, reports said.

Nickel said she bit Engel, whom she has lived with for two years, and hit him in an attempt to make him stop choking her because she couldn’t breathe, reports said.