Man bites, chokes girlfriend, hits with chair

October 16, 2009 12:35:49 PM PDT
New Castle County Police say a Newark man bit and choked his girlfriend before hitting her with a chair. Thirty-one-year-old Michael Strouse was arrested Thursday morning in the 500 block of Sparrow Court near Newark.

Officers arrived at a 37-year-old woman's home and heard glass breaking. The officers saw Strouse fleeing through the home's back door. He was caught after a short chase and treated at Christiana Hospital for several cuts.

Police say Strouse broke in and attacked the woman. Police said she was bitten, punched, choked and hit with a wooden chair. Her children, ages 5 and 10, fled the home during the attack.

She escaped, hiding under her bed to call 911. Police said Strouse ransacked her home, causing $10,000 in damage.

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