Vinnie Martinez

Martinez

An Idaho Falls man was arrested Thursday after police responded to reports of fighting at his home.

Vinnie Agapito Martinez, 24, had reportedly held a woman down to her bed, choked her, prevented her from leaving the residence and threatened to kill her.

A neighbor called police to report he could hear Martinez fighting with the victim. The reporting party said it sounded like the woman was being slammed to the floor and a man was preventing her from leaving.

When officers arrived, Martinez was gone and the victim was alone. She told police she was afraid that if she talked to them, Martinez would kill her.

The victim said Martinez had been drunk and angry, and had thrown her around the bedroom while choking her until she could not breathe. The victim had red marks on her neck, according to the police report.

While police were talking to the victim, Martinez sent her expletive-ridden texts. The victim texted back asking Martinez why he choked her.

“Cuz im sick of ur (expletive) (expletive). U wanna die, Ill help u.” he responded.

An officer called Martinez and asked him to meet them at his residence and asked him about the text message. Martinez denied hurting the victim, saying she had thrown herself against the walls. He said he sent the text because he was intoxicated, and denied choking the victim.

Martinez was arrested and charged with attempted strangulation, punishable with up to 15 years in prison.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday in Bonneville County Courthouse. A hearing for the no-contact order between Martinez and the victim is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 19.

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

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