Montana- Aaron Scott Stafford made an initial appearance Friday after allegedly strangling his ex-girlfriend because he was upset over their breakup. Stafford is being charged with strangulation of a partner or family member, a felony, and misdemeanor unlawful restraint.
The Great Falls Police Department was dispatched to the alleged victim’s residence at approximately 3:45 a.m. Friday morning after a physical disturbance was reported.
Upon contact with the female, who is identified in court documents as Jane Doe because of Marsy’s Law, officers observed that she had red marks and bruising on her arms, chest, throat and face. They also observed a strong smell of alcohol on Stafford’s breath, according to the affadavit.
Doe told officers that Stafford, her former boyfriend of one year, had come over drunk and angry about them breaking up. Stafford allegedly grabbed her by the arms, face and throat, restraining her and applying pressure.
Doe further stated that she tried to get away several times, but Stafford kept grabbing her and dragging her back to the bedroom.
The affidavit states that a neighbor was awoken by the fight and looked out her window to see Doe “cowering” on the ground screaming as Stafford stood over her.
According to court documents, the neighbor reported seeing Stafford physically lift Doe off the ground and drag her back inside as she continued to yell “no” and “stop.”
Although Stafford has a minor criminal history of drug possession and obstruction, court documents call the nature of this offense “very concerning” and recommend a bond in the amount of $15,000.