Christopher Hoskins tried to strangle his ex-girlfriend after discovering shed 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 sheriffs 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 didnt care and that This was it, according to charging papers.
A neighbor burst into the home after hearing the womans 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.