AST: Wasilla man strangled woman at cemetery
A Wasilla man is facing several charges after Alaska State Troopers say he beat and strangled a woman unconscious last weekend at a graveyard.
Jeremy Matthew Bendt, 29, was charged with attempted murder as well as first-degree assault and vehicle theft in the case. All are crimes of domestic violence.
An online dispatch said that about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, troopers received "a report of a female on a porch ringing a door bell and screaming that someone was trying to kill her."
When troopers reached the woman, who was injured and “having a difficult time speaking,” she told them Bendt had attacked her off the South Old Glenn Highway with a knife – an assault she was able to fight off.
“Bendt then struck the woman in the face with his fist, which injured the woman,” troopers wrote. “Additionally, Bendt strangled her to the point where she lost consciousness. After the altercation, Bendt took the woman’s keys from her and left in the vehicle she was driving without permission.”
According to AST, Bendt had previously been charged with a domestic-violence crime against the same woman. Court records show him charged with two counts of assault, interfering with the report of a domestic-violence crime and resisting arrest in an open July 11 domestic-violence case.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters didn’t have further detail from investigators Tuesday on why Bendt and the woman were at the cemetery or what events led up to the assault.
Court records show Bendt was arraigned Monday in the case, with his bail initially set at $100,000.
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