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HAMILTON – A Missoula man is facing felony assault charges after he allegedly attacked a man and struck the man’s 12-year-old daughter in Stevensville.

Brendan Michael Cox, 42, appeared Monday on aggravated assault and assault on a minor, both felonies, and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges before Ravalli County Justice Jennifer Ray.

Cox was arrested in the early morning hours of July 25 after a man living on Stevensville’s Mission Street called to report an altercation.

When the sheriff’s deputy arrived, he found the homeowner bleeding from both ears and his daughter with a visible red mark on the side of her neck.

According to the charging affidavit, the homeowner said his family had allowed Cox and his girlfriend to live in the attached garage of their home.

Earlier that evening, Cox confronted the homeowner about leaving his dogs outside. Cox yelled and then stormed outside to look for his dogs.

When Cox returned, the homeowner told Cox that he would have to find a new place to live.

Following that announcement, Cox allegedly body blocked the homeowner and began attacking him, the affidavit said. Cox allegedly slammed the man’s head into the hallway wall, which caused a large hole in the sheet rock and injuries to the homeowner’s head.

Cox then wrestled the man to the ground and put him in a chokehold, with an arm around his throat. The man told the deputy he couldn’t breathe and thought he was going to pass out.

At that point, the man’s daughter attempted to pull Cox off her father’s back. During the ensuing struggle, Cox allegedly hit the girl at the base of her neck.

The affidavit said Cox hit the homeowner a couple more times before letting him regain his balance.

Cox then attempted to apologize and asked the man to refrain from calling law enforcement.

The homeowner responded by picking up a kitchen knife and telling Cox to leave immediately. Cox complied.

When the deputy asked Cox for his version of the incident, the affidavit said he told the officer the homeowner pushed him first and that he was defending himself. He admitted to putting the man’s head into the wall and using a chokehold. Cox said if he hurt the girl, it wasn’t on purpose.

Cox also said the man’s dog bit him during the altercation.

Cox had visible scratches on his knuckles and blood on his shirt sleeve that appeared to come from the homeowner’s injuries.

Ray set bail at $50,000.


In other justice court news:

• Ronald Lopez Rosales, 51, of Corvallis, was charged with felony DUI and misdemeanor counts of driving while his license was suspended or revoked and driving without liability insurance.

Rosales was arrested July 26 after he was found in his vehicle alongside Ricketts Road in Hamilton at about 9:45 p.m.

When a sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene, Rosales was attempting to start the vehicle. After the officer asked him to stop turning the key, Rosales said he did not have a driver’s license and the insurance for the vehicle was in someone else’s name.

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The officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol and noted that Rosales’ speech was slurred. Rosales was unable to complete the standardized field sobriety tests and was arrested.

Rosales has four DUI convictions, including one in 2004, 2007 and two in 2013.

Ray set bail at $10,000, with a requirement that Rosales be required to complete alcohol monitoring if released.

• Landon Shawn Lockyer, 18, of Hamilton, was charged with felony perjury.

According to an affidavit, Lockyer gave the Hamilton police a statement about him giving a stolen firearm to a man named Christian Watson.

During Watson’s Hamilton city trial on June 22, Lockyer testified that he had not ever told police the identity of the man he had given the gun.

Ray set bail at $10,000.

• Tony James Shelton, 18, of Corvallis, was charged with felony burglary for allegedly entering through the window of a man’s apartment and ransacking the place.

An affidavit in the case, said Della Gann reported that someone had ransacked her grandson’s apartment in Corvallis on July 23 while her grandson was in jail. She said a backpack and a jar of spare change had been taken.

The man living next door to the apartment said he had been awakened by Shelton at about 1:45 a.m. on July 23. Shelton allegedly told the man he was staying in the apartment and had entered through the back window.

The affidavit said Shelton admitted to entering the apartment through the back window to retrieve a pair of shorts and to check on the apartment, but he denied taking coins or the backpack.

Ray set bail at $2,500.

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Reporter Perry Backus can be reached at pbackus@ravallirepublic.com.

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