A 31-year-old Phoenix man was arrested after he punched and strangled his ex-girlfriend Wednesday because he was upset that she talked to other men.
According to a police report, the two were in town for a work party and decided to go downtown drinking afterward. When the pair returned to the residence where they were staying, the man "freaked out" and punched her twice in the stomach. He then strangled her with his hands.
The man demanded that they return to Phoenix immediately and told her to get into her car, which he was driving. Instead, she yelled for help and he drove off.
The man was arrested by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office on Interstate 17 Wednesday and transferred back to the Flagstaff Police Department.
Brandon Alder West was booked into the county jail on charges of aggravated assault -- domestic violence impede breathing, assault, disorderly conduct and auto theft.
Man assaults brother
A 27-year-old Flagstaff man was assaulted by his brother Thursday after he tried to offer relationship advice.
According to a police report, the man said he hadn't seen his sibling, a 30-year-old Page man, in a long time and invited him and his family over for dinner. The pair was drinking when they started talking about their lives and current relationships. The man said he wasn't sure what set his brother off, but he punched him five or six times in the face, breaking his glasses. He said his brother has a bad temper. Police are attempting to contact the suspect, who left after the fight.
Teen caught with pot
A 13-year-old boy was arrested by Flagstaff police Thursday after he was found with marijuana and a marijuana pipe in his pocket at the New Start School.
A police report stated that the boy's teacher was suspicious because he kept reaching into his pocket. A search revealed 6 grams of marijuana. The boy also had a pipe he had made from a socket attachment for a wrench and some tape. He told a police officer he was stressed out and had last smoked marijuana in the woods before school that morning. The charges listed on the police report were selling drugs in a drug-free school zone and possession of paraphernalia. The boy was already on probation from a prior case.
A 27-year-old Flagstaff man had his snowboard stolen from his van sometime this week, according to a police report.
The man told police he had left his board in his car on the 3800 block of South Jewell Drive when he returned from the mountain last weekend. He told police he might have left the van unlocked at some point during the past week. He noticed it was missing Thursday morning. The snowboard was described as a green Burton Powderfly worth about $800.
Father arrested for DUI drugs, endangerment
An Arizona Medical Marijuana Act card holder was arrested Wednesday night after police stopped his vehicle and smelled marijuana inside.
The man's 2-year-old daughter was in the car and he was returning from the grocery store, according to a police report. The 22-year-old Flagstaff man was driving about 5 mph under the speed limit along North Nyla Drive on the east side of the city when he was stopped for driving with registration tags that expired in January. An officer noticed a marijuana pipe inside the car and the man handed over his marijuana and paperwork showing he was a legal cardholder. The man said he had last smoked about five hours earlier.
The man largely passed his field sobriety tests, and the officer called his supervisor for the proper course of action. The suspect was handcuffed and taken to the county jail. Officers performed a blood draw. The man was cited and released for DUI, DUI drugs and felony aggravated DUI for driving with a passenger under the age of 15. The man's daughter was picked up by his mother-in-law.
Charges are pending the results of the blood test.
Charged with DUI
-- Paulo Gonzalez Armendarez, 35, of 2155 E. Maple Ave., No. 13, was arrested by Flagstaff police and charged with aggravated DUI at 10:21 p.m. Thursday.
-- Shantelle A. Sloan, 21, of Tuba City, was arrested by Flagstaff police and charged with DUI at 2:16 a.m. Friday.
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