Emmett man accused of choking woman after party dispute

November 5, 2013 

— An Emmett man has been charged with aggravated assault after police say he choked a woman during a dispute Saturday night.

Paul Bryan Kennedy, 45, and the victim were attending a party at a home on South Vista Avenue and West Overland Road when the alleged attack occurred. At Kennedy’s Monday arraignment, prosecutors said the partygoers were gathered outside when Kennedy began to urinate in the yard.

When the victim and several other people at the gathering made comments to Kennedy about his behavior, he grabbed the woman by the throat and began to choke her, police said.

The victim told police that Kennedy verbally threatened her while he was choking her. When another man at the party attempted to pull Kennedy away from the woman, he threw her to the ground, prosecutors said.

Witnesses were able to separate the two, and officers arrived at the scene and arrested Kennedy. Police say that alcohol was a factor.

In court Monday, the judge set Kennedy’s bond at $25,000 and ordered him to have no contact with the woman. He is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 18 for a preliminary hearing.

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