Man arrested on strangulation charges

A Grand Junction man accused of strangling a woman and stomping on her chest and head didn’t escape the struggle unscathed, according to his attorney — he nearly lost an ear.

Jeremy David Anderson, 32, was arrested Thursday afternoon after a post-bar-hopping quarrel the night before left a 31-year-old woman with liver damage, a bloody ear, bruises on her neck and along her jawline and two black eyes, an arrest affidavit said.

Defense attorney Steve Laiche asked for Anderson to be released on a personal-recognizance bond Friday in court, saying while the judge might not be able to see the injuries, “He’s got two black eyes and his ear was … almost bitten off.”

Anderson and the woman — who was not arrested — apparently got into a fight after going out to bars with friends Wednesday night. The woman claimed Anderson kept her from leaving, took her phone and strangled her twice to the point where “she was pretty certain she was going to die,” the report said.

A doctor who examined her told police her internal injury “is caused by being struck in the abdomen by a great amount of force,” the report said.

Anderson denied taking her phone and claimed the woman attacked him.

Grand Junction police arrested Anderson after interviewing him and the woman and looking at the physical evidence.

“(The woman’s) account of the events aligns with the physical evidence more consistently than Jeremy’s,” Grand Junction police officer Micah Conrads wrote in the report.

Police didn’t mention any injuries to Anderson in the affidavit.

Anderson faces felony counts of second-degree assault and false imprisonment, as well as a misdemeanor charge of telephone obstruction and a sentence-enhancing domestic violence charge. He was released on a $10,000 personal-recognizance bond by Mesa County Judge Gretchen Larson.

Anderson is due to return to court Dec. 1 before District Judge Richard Gurley.


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