COLUMBUS – A Columbus man has been charged with strangulation stemming from an incident in which he was chasing a woman and appeared to be choking her in a parking lot of an apartment complex on the northwest edge of Columbus.
Felipe Erremayor Nabalon is accused of strangling the city woman, third-degree domestic assault and criminal mischief in which a reporting witness told law enforcement authorities of seeing the suspect chase his girlfriend across a 53rd Avenue parking lot.
Platte County Court Judge Frank Skorupa set the defendant for a felony status hearing on April 30.
The strangulation charge is a Class 3A felony, punishable by up to three years imprisonment, 18 months of post-release supervision and a $10,000 fine. The assault charge is a Class I misdemeanor and carries a penalty of up to a year in jail.
During an earlier hearing, the defendant was ordered not to go within five blocks of the apartment the couple shared if he was released from custody on bond.
According to police, when officers arrived Nabalon was exiting the couple’s apartment. Police said the suspect admitted arguing with his girlfriend, but denied being involved in a physical altercation and couldn’t tell officers where the woman had gone.
When authorities contacted the woman, according to Officer Santiago Velazquez’s arrest statement, she reported being assaulted and had visible injuries to her face, scratch and red marks under both eyes and red marks on her throat.
The woman, who has been in a dating relationship with the suspect for two years, told authorities Nabalon had assaulted her before but she had never reported it to police.