Man arrested for attempted strangulation


Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Idaho Falls man Friday after his girlfriend said he attempted to strangle her.

Deputies arrived at the couple’s home on Eve Drive around 7:10 p.m. The 36-year-old victim said Larry J. Keller, 37, had fled after assaulting her, and warned deputies that he had a knife. A Sheriff’s Office news release said the victim had visible injuries on her neck, but refused medical treatment.

Keller was found at 9:10 p.m. at a residence on Natalie Street. The suspect fled through the backyard and held the knife to his own throat when deputies approached. A Taser was deployed on Keller after he started cutting on his neck, which allowed Deputies to gain control of him after a brief struggle on the ground, the release said.

Keller was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to treat his neck injury, then transferred to Bonneville County Jail.

Keller was charged with attempted strangulation, a felony punishable with up to 15 years in prison. He also was charged with misdemeanor resisting and obstructing an officer, punishable with up to a year in jail. Keller’s bond was set at $35,000.

A no-contact order hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 27 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.