Missoula man charged with choking, assaulting girlfriendPosted on Feb. 18

Missoula man charged with choking, assaulting girlfriendPosted on Feb. 18

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A Missoula man already on probation was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly choking his teenage girlfriend Tuesday night.

Alexander Harper Kolppa, 19, faced a single charge in Justice Court Wednesday afternoon.

Kolppa was arrested Tuesday night after his neighbor called police to report a disturbance at an apartment at 3602 Stephens Ave.

A Missoula police officer responded to the apartment and heard the disturbance continue. The officer heard a woman crying and yelling for someone to get off of her. The officer also heard a man telling a woman to "shut up," court records state.

Kolppa eventually came to the door and the officer observed injuries to the woman's throat and a mark underneath her left eye.

The victim, described only as Jane Doe in court records, told the officer that Kolppa hit her in the stomach and head while pinning her to the floor.

"He had also strangled her until she was unable to breathe or cry out because he was squeezing her throat," Deputy Missoula County Attorney Betty Wing wrote. "She said she felt like 'she was going to puke' after he released his grip."

The officer noticed the outline of fingers on the woman's neck, records state.

When the officer asked Kolppa what had happened, he said, "I choked her," records state.

Kolppa was arrested and the woman's mother arrived to take her daughter to the hospital. The mother told the officer that the assault wasn't Kolppa's first.

In fact, Kolppa is on probatioon for felony drug possession, a charge filed after police responded to a previous assault on his girlfriend, records state.

Kolppa also has an extensive juvenile record, with charges of burglary, criminal mischief, discharging a weapon, theft and assault.

At his court appearance Wednesday, Kolppa's bail was set at $25,000.

Reporter Michael Moore can be reached at 523-5252 or by e-mail at mmoore@missoulian.com.

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