Man allegedly choked into unconsciousness

An argument over how much time a local woman was playing video games ended with her ex-boyfriend spending the night in Mesa County Jail, suspected of threatening her current boyfriend with knives.

Michael J. Simpson, 26, 1306 N. 25th St., No. 304, was arrested Saturday morning on suspicion of menacing with a deadly weapon and assault after he threatened a 29-year-old man and choked him until he was unconscious, according to police records.

Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to Simpson’s apartment after they received a report of a fight, the affidavit said.

When officers arrived at the apartment building, the victim’s girlfriend, Jamie Sickler, said Simpson had come home after she and the victim, Christian Anderson, had an argument about how long she was playing video games online, according to Simpson’s arrest affidavit.

Sickler told the officers that Simpson, her ex-boyfriend and roommate, and Anderson, her current boyfriend, started fighting, the affidavit said.

“Simpson had told Anderson to leave the apartment … and Anderson would not leave,” the affidavit said. “Simpson came up behind Anderson and put him in a chokehold and forced him out of the front door.”

When Anderson ran back in the apartment, the affidavit said, Simpson grabbed several knives from the kitchen and threatened him before applying a second chokehold to the victim.

Anderson then left the apartment, the affidavit said.

Simpson was booked into Mesa County Jail later that morning.


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