Man jailed for choking girlfriend, throwing kitten

A 35-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing charges after allegedly choking a woman and throwing her kitten across a parking lot, court documents state.

Carl J. Phillips, Jr. pleaded not guilty in Island County Superior Court Jan. 2 to assault in the second degree and animal cruelty in the second degree.

Oak Harbor Police Officer Ronald Esparza investigated the case after responding to a report of possible domestic violence at 4 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2013, at a Northwest Crosby Avenue apartment complex.

The victim’s neighbor called 911 after hearing screaming.

Esparza wrote that the victim had a bloody lip and marks on her neck.

The woman said that she was sleeping when Phillips came home from a bar and started yelling at her.

He head-butted her and choked her until she couldn’t breath; she was able to get away by hitting him in the groin, according to Esparza’s report.

Phillips followed the woman as she left the apartment and said, “Here’s your cat.”

“She turned around as Carl was throwing her 12-week-old cat like a baseball into the parking lot,” Esparza wrote.

The officer wrote that the kitten was thrown about 30 feet; it was bleeding from the nose and had a cut on the top of its head, the report states.

Phillips told the officer that he had been at the bar watching Ultimate Fighter with friends earlier in the night.

He denied committing the assault and said he had been asleep for hours.

If convicted of the charges, Phillips could face from three to nine months under the standard sentencing range.


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