28 year-old Matthew McClintock is in the Missoula County Jail after allegedly strangling his girlfriend and destroying her cell phone so she couldn’t contact the police.

Police spokesman Travis Welsh provided details of McClintock’s arrest.

“Officers were called the report of a disturbance in the 2000 block of South 14th Street West,” said Welsh. “Callers reported seeing a male and female standing outside of a residence fighting with each other and that the female was screaming for help. The officers arrived they encountered the male outside and made contact with a female inside the residence who told them that the two were in a relationship and that after an argument she had told the male he was not welcome in her home.”

McClintock found another way into the victim’s home and allegedly assaulted her.

“The male came into the house through rear entrance and immediately started fighting with the female and pulled her outside and the female managed to get away from the male running back in the house and lock the doors, however the male re entered through a bedroom window and the two began fighting again,” he said. “The female complained that she was bitten and scratched and then at one point that the male, identified as 20 year old Matthew McClintock, strangled her. Mr. McClintock was placed under arrest and transported to the Missoula County Detention Center.”

Strangulation is a felony and tampering with or destroying a communications device is a misdemeanor.

McClintock will appear in Missoula Justice Court on Tuesday.


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