“It’s unusual that they all hit at one time,” said Anniston police Lt. Fred Forsythe. “People need to learn how to control their anger and not take it out on someone physically.”
Forsythe said holiday stress, economic issues, ongoing family feuds, drugs and alcohol could all play a part in the increased domestic violence reports.
On Wednesday, police charged Martin Wade Dorough, 36, of Anniston for allegedly choking his wife at a residence on the 3400 block of U.S. 78 in Anniston. Forsythe said the victim, a 46-year-old woman, called police saying she and Dorough were having an argument. The victim told police Dorough started choking her and she could not breathe.
“She told officers she feared for her life,” Forsythe said.
Forsythe said the victim sustained injuries, including a cut on her head, consistent with the assault. Paramedics with Anniston EMS treated the victim on the scene and then transported her to Stringfellow Memorial Hospital.
Forsythe said police arrested Dorough when they entered the room and found him sitting in a chair.
Forsythe said Dorough was in the Anniston City Jail Thursday. Bond and a court date had not been set.
Police also received a call around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday evening from a 24-year-old woman saying her husband choked her.
The alleged choking occurred on the 800 block of Blue Ridge Drive in Anniston, according to a police report. The victim told police she and her husband were arguing and she wanted to leave the residence, Forsythe said. According to police, the suspect would not allow the victim to leave with their son.
“He pushed her and grabbed her around the throat, choking her,” the lieutenant said.
The victim did not receive treatment for injuries after the incident. Police are still investigating, Forsythe said.
Another domestic violence incident was reported just before 1 a.m. Thursday morning from the 2000 block of Moore Avenue in Anniston.
Forsythe said an argument between a boyfriend and girlfriend occurred at the residence. The victim, a 35-year-old woman, told police she tried to leave, but her boyfriend continued to argue with her, Forsythe said.
Once outside, the suspect allegedly pushed her to the ground and started choking her.
“He socked her with his fist, but she said she was able to fight him off,” Forsythe said.
The victim fled to her own residence, where she called police. Forsythe said she did not require treatment for injuries and police will continue to investigate the incident.
Police are also investigating a domestic violence report from 4 a.m. Thursday morning.
Forsythe said a 40-year-old woman called police from Regional Medical Center, where she was receiving treatment after her boyfriend allegedly strangled her.
Forsythe said the incident happened on the 800 east block of 22nd Street in Anniston. The victim told police that she attempted to leave the residence after an argument with her boyfriend. However, the suspect entered her car and began assaulting her before she could drive away.
“He told her she wasn’t going to leave,” Forsythe said “Then he grabbed her around the neck and started strangling her.”
According to Forsythe, the victim was able to free herself, grab her phone and keys and drive to RMC. Forsythe said the investigation will continue and the suspect is likely to face felony charges if the victim decides to prosecute.
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