A Ketchum man has been charged with felony attempted strangulation and misdemeanor domestic battery in the presence of a child following an incident early Sunday morning.
According to a probable-cause affidavit written by reporting officer Walter Todd, Ketchum police were dispatched to a report of a domestic dispute just before 4 a.m. on Andora Lane. They arrested Luis Alberto Velasquez Reyes, 29, on the two charges.
The alleged victim told Todd that Velasquez-Reyes arrived at their home around 3 a.m. and woke her to ask for the passcode to her cellphone. When she did not give it to him, Velasquez-Reyes allegedly punched her on the left side of her neck, at which time she gave him the passcode.
According to the affidavit, Velasquez-Reyes became upset about some of the content he found in the phone and attempted to drag the woman out of bed, down the hall and down a flight of stairs. She told Todd that during that time, she screamed for her eldest daughter, 8, to wake up because she was scared of what Velasquez-Reyes might do.
Velasquez-Reyes allegedly punched the woman again and “choked her using his forearm to pin her against the ground for 3-5 seconds on the floor in the hallway outside their bedroom,” the affidavit states.
At an initial ap-pearance Monday, Magistrate Judge Jennifer Haemmerle set bond at $3,000 and approved a no-contact order between Velasquez-Reyes, the alleged victim and their three children. In addition, Velasquez-Reyes will be responsible for breath tests to test for alcohol, as it is thought to be a factor in the alleged incident, Haemmerle said. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Thursday, May 23, at which time sufficient evidence must be presented for the case to be bound over to District Court.