Craig man charged in attempted murder

A Craig man was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempted murder after police said he strangled his girlfriend and held a knife to his own throat before officers shot him with a TASER.

William D. Kilpatrick, 24, was charged with first-degree kidnapping, criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder, first-degree assault, sexual assault, felony menacing, child abuse and false imprisonment, according to court documents.

He was being held Wednesday in the Moffat County Jail without bond.

Kilpatrick strangled his girlfriend, threatened her with a knife and struck her toddler son, according to court documents.

Officers went to the 700 Block of Ranney Street at about 11 p.m. Tuesday after receiving several 911 calls about a disturbance.

Witnesses told police that a nude man was fighting a woman in the street and that the man dragged the woman into a house by her hair, according to the arrest affidavit.

When officers approached the house, a woman walked out holding a child and was called toward officers on the street, according to the affidavit.

Two officers entered the home and found a man holding a large knife to his own throat, according to the affidavit.

The man, later identified as Kilpatrick, did not respond to commands to drop the knife, so officers shot him with a TASER, according to the affidavit.

The man was taken into custody and transported to Moffat County Jail.

The affidavit states that officers searching Kilpatrick at the jail found a letter saying he intended to kill his girlfriend and himself.

His girlfriend told police Kil--patrick strangled her with a belt and his hands, threatened her with a knife and said he planned to rape her, according to the affidavit. The woman was taken to The Memorial Hospital and was later released.

Craig police spokesman Lt. John Forgay said Kilpatrick was being charged with child abuse because two children were in the home at the time of the incident.

The woman told police that Kilpatrick struck her 4-year-old son in the neck, according to the affidavit.

In January, Kilpatrick was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to assaulting a man with a knife, according to court documents.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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