Strachan accused of attacking woman; Charles facing arson charge - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Strachan accused of attacking woman; Charles facing arson charge

Posted: Jan 03, 2018 9:49 AM Updated:

David V. Strachan has been charged with two felonies following an incident New Years Day.

Prosecutors have charged Strachan with felony assault with a weapon, and strangulation

Court documents claim that 57-year-old Strachan attacked a woman during an argument where he was allegedly forcing her to leave his home.

The victim told law enforcement officers that Strachan threw her to the ground and kicked her. The victim said that Strachan strangled her to the point she could not breathe and then grabbed a hatchet and threatened to hit her with it.

Strachan asked Justice of the Peace Michael Swingley if he could be released on his own recognizance. The request was denied.

Bond was set at $25,000.

David J. Charles II has been charged with felony assault with a weapon, and misdemeanor negligent arson.

Prosecutors say the alleged victim in the case ran to a neighbor’s Meadowlark Drive house Saturday night, saying Charles had poured lighter fluid on him and tried to light it.

The victim also said Charles had spread Ronsonol lighter fluid around his home and was trying to light it.

Arresting officers said they could smell lighter fluid on the 26-year-old Charles clothing when they patted him down for weapons.

During his Justice Court appearance Tuesday, Charles told Justice of the Peace Mike Swingley that he didn’t understand why he was being charged since no one was hurt and nothing caught fire.

Judge Swingley warned Charles to be aware of his rights before he said anything else.

Bond was set at $10,000.

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