AUSTIN, Texas - A man has been arrested after Austin police say he pushed his girlfriend to the ground and choked her during an argument. He also allegedly slammed their dog to the ground multiple times.
Chanceton Chase, 24, has been charged with assault with injury-strangulation- family violence, a third-degree felony.
According to an affidavit, Austin police responded to a call at an apartment complex on Rutland Drive in North Austin on March 9 just after 11 p.m. The caller said a woman was running from her boyfriend and asking for police. Officers spoke with the caller who said she saw the woman running through the complex with dirt on her clothes and asking for police.
The woman told police she and her boyfriend, identified as Chase, were moving from one apartment to another in the same complex due to issues with neighbors. They had been together for a year and had been living together for the last month. She told police the incident started when they were arguing about where she had left her supplements, says the affidavit.
Get breaking news alerts in the FOX 7 Austin News app. It is FREE!
She told police Chase accused her of having an "attitude" and started yelling in her face and pushed her to the floor in the apartment, says the affidavit. She then tried to get to her feet at least twice more, but Chase pushed her back to the ground until his brother intervened, grabbing him off her and saying "You never hit a woman!"
Chase and his brother got into a fight and the woman got to her feet and left the apartment. She told police she was no more than 50 feet from the front door when Chase came running after her. When he caught up to her, he grabbed her by the hair and dragged her back to the apartment. Once at the door, the affidavit says Chase put his arm around her throat from behind and began choking her while yelling at her.
She told police she couldn't breathe for several seconds, but she didn't lose consciousness. He then let her go and pushed her back to the ground. She got to her feet and attempted to run again, but he was right behind her. She told police she grabbed onto a nearby metal gate to keep him from pulling her back inside. He tried to pull her off the gate multiple times, and when he couldn't, he grabbed their dog and slammed it to the ground multiple times, telling her he would continue until she let go of the gate, says the affidavit.
He slammed the dog down twice and went back inside. The woman fled the scene on foot after that.
Police noted in the affidavit she had redness and swelling to her arms and throat and wet dirt on her clothing. While EMS assessed the woman, Chase came out and tried to approach her while screaming at her. Officers on scene detained him immediately.
He told police he was never physical with her at any time and that his brother fought him for no reason at all.