Police arrested a Ruston man Sunday after responding to a domestic call at an Illinois Ave. residence.
A woman told officer she had been living with Damien Crowe, 43, for about two weeks. She stated the previous night, they had a verbal altercation that escalated when Crowe pushed her to the ground and began hitting her.
The woman said Crowe punched her in the sides and in the face with a closed hand. He then followed her into the kitchen where he grabbed her around the neck with both hands. She said she struggled to breathe and that her throat was still sore. While officers did not see any marks on the victim’s neck, they found bruises on her upper right arm and a minor cut on her bottom lip.
The victim said she could not call during the incident because Crowe had taken her phone. Crowe came outside while officers were speaking with the victim and when they attempted to engage him in conversation, he walked back into the house. Officers found him attempting to leave through the back door.
Crowe was arrested for domestic abuse battery with strangulation and booked at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center.
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