An Idaho Falls man was arrested Monday for attempting to choke a woman.
A neighbor witnessed Brent Pongyan, 25, pulling the victim inside against her will, according to an Idaho Falls Police Department report. The victim reported Pongyan had choked her from behind, causing her to briefly black out.
The police report states Pongyan became irritated as soon as police arrived, yelling apologies to the victim and stating he expected to go to jail. Pongyan attempted to leave the residence, but was stopped by police.
Pongyan told police he had argued with the victim, but had not hit her. He denied pulling her into the house.
The victim said she was trying to make dinner after the argument when Pongyan began grabbing utensils and throwing them. He was angry and punched a wall, causing his hand to bleed. The victim told police Pongyan then put his arm around her neck, choking her from behind.
The report states the victim had red marks and bruises on her neck. She told police there was blood on a white shirt from when he grabbed her. She said Pongyan made her take it off before police arrived.
The victim gave the officer the shirt, which had blood stains on the front. Pongyan told police the stains were from a hug, but the officer who authored the report wrote he was skeptical of Pongyan’s explanation because the stains were only on the front, not on the back.
Pongyan was taken to Bonneville County Jail. He later reported the victim had punched him in the face and he wanted her to be charged. Pongyan refused to give police any details when asked, and he did not have any marks indicating he had been hit. The victim was not charged.
Pongyan was charged with attempted strangulation, punishable with up to 15 years in prison. His bond was set at $25,000.
A hearing for a no-contact order between Pongyan and the victim is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bonneville County Courthouse. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 21.