Man faces attempted murder charges

Police say man choked girlfriend

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A Craig man is in Moffat County Jail on an attempted murder charge after police say he choked his girlfriend until she passed out early Tuesday morning.

Kevin Christopher, 21, was arrested at an apartment in the 1100 block of Sixth Street after police received a report that a man had choked a woman to unconsciousness, said Craig police spokesman Lt. John Forgay.

Police arrived at the apartment at about 2 a.m. and found Christopher asleep on a couch, Forgay said. Forgay said Christopher was heavily intoxicated.

Christopher faces charges of reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, menacing and criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder. All the charges have a domestic violence charge attached.

When she regained consciousness Christopher's girlfriend called her mother, who lives in another state, Forgay said.

The girlfriend's mother called Craig police and told them her daughter had been choked to unconsciousness, Forgay said.

Christopher and his girlfriend are from Iowa, Forgay said. Police say they think Christopher was in Craig to work on one of the two natural gas pipelines that will run through Moffat County.

It isn't uncommon for people from out-of-state to call home instead of police when they have an emergency, Forgay said. People from out-of-town sometimes aren't comfortable calling the local police, he said.

Christopher went before Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James Tuesday evening. The judge set Christopher's bond at $100,000.

Christopher is the second Craig man in the past three months to be charged with attempted murder after a domestic dispute.

On Nov. 15, police arrested William Daniel Kilpatrick, 24, of Craig, after they say he choked his girlfriend and threatened her with a knife during a dispute at the couple's home on Ranney Street.

Kilpatrick remains in Moffat County Jail on $1 million bond.

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

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