Man puts hands around wife’s neck and tries to stop her from calling police

28-year-old Pesamino Tofiga was charged with interference with emergency calls and domestic aggravated assault after strangled his wife’s neck and tried to stop her from calling the police.

On August 18th, Officer Eller arrived at 115 Greenland Ct. in response to a domestic in progress. Pesamino Tofiga said that he and his wife, Sabrina Thurston, were arguing over the unemployment process. Tofiga put his hands over her mouth in order to get her to stop yelling. She got up and started walking around the apartment, and in an attempt to calm her down he grabbed her from behind. Thurston then bit Tofiga to get him to let go.

Pesamin Tofiga (MCSO)
Pesamin Tofiga (MCSO)

Thurston said that she and Tofiga were arguing and he put both of his hands around her throat and believed him to be making an attempt to block her airway. Thurston turned and started yelling again, and in response, Tofiga was said to have placed his hands around her neck briefly again. Thurston told Tofiga she was going to call the police, but he wrapped his arms around her waist and pulled her to the couch to stop her. She bit him for the second time. Police noted that the markings on both parties correlated with the stories, and Tofiga was taken into custody.

Pesamino Tofiga was arrested and charged with domestic aggravated assault and interference with emergency calls. His bond was set at $5,500.

Seth Gann

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