Gig Harbor man pleads not guilty to assaulting girlfriend

Staff writerJune 19, 2014 

Christopher Hoskins tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend after discovering she’d written a letter to another man and was trying to move on, according to court documents.

Hoskins, 32, pleaded not guilty Thursday to second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment for the incident that brought concerned neighbors and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies to their Gig Harbor home Wednesday.

The couple dated for about three years before deciding last month to break up. Hoskins was planning to move out of the area soon.

After he found the letter Wednesday, he allegedly grabbed the victim by the throat and pushed her into a back bedroom. Hoskins then sat on her chest and tried to strangle her, officials said.

The victim told deputies “she told Hoskins not to take her from her kids and she said he didn’t care and that ‘This was it,’” according to charging papers.

A neighbor burst into the home after hearing the woman’s screams and ordered Hoskins to let her go. He refused but eventually complied although he would not let her leave the room until deputies arrived, court records show.

The victim suffered injuries to her neck, nose and hand.

The News Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service