A man who allegedly choked his girlfriend until she lost consciousness was arrested on Sept. 2 after an incident at a home in the Alterra subdivision.
Adrian J. Duenas is charged with aggravated assault, assault and disorderly conduct, according to police.
According to a police report, a call was received about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 1 for an assault in progress at a home on West Yucca Lane. The victim, Duenas’s girlfriend, had borrowed a phone to call 911 while pretending to call for a ride to leave the residence. As officers responded to the scene, a dispatcher advised that the victim could be heard telling somebody to get away from her.
The victim told the dispatcher she was allegedly slapped and choked by Duenas, police said. She also noted that he was allegedly in possession of a handgun and trying to leave in a black Ford Escape.
An officer arriving on scene saw the Escape and stopped the vehicle. All occupants were removed and a .357 Glock handgun was observed on top of the center console of the SUV, the police report said. The weapon was taken from the vehicle and secured.
In an interview with officers, Duenas allegedly admitted he was involved in a physical argument with his girlfriend, police said. He said she slapped him and he responded by grabbing her by the throat and throwing her to the ground, the police report said. They continued to fight on the ground and he allegedly proceeded to choke her again – this time in a “rear naked choke,” according to police.
The victim told police the incident started as she was sleeping and Duenas slapped her on the butt and she reacted. She said he punched a hole in the wall and then allegedly slapped her in the face and choked her. She told police she had “passed out” for at least 40 seconds.
Police said they observed a visible red mark around the woman’s neck on her left side as they interviewed her.
Maricopa Fire responded to the scene to assess the victim’s condition and she was taken for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner examination, where her nine-month-old daughter was present, police said.
Duenas was arrested at 12:11 a.m. on Sept. 2 at Bowlin Road and Alterra Parkway, police said.