Modesto man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

etracy@modbee.comJune 2, 2014 

A Modesto man caught by police officers with his hands around a woman’s neck was arrested Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder, a police spokeswoman said.

Officers were dispatched to a home in northwest Modesto about 11 p.m. after a woman called to say she and the man with whom she was living were fighting, said Modesto police spokeswoman Heather Graves. Graves would not say exactly where the fight occurred or what the woman’s relationship is to the man because the woman is protected under confidentiality laws for victims of domestic violence.

The woman told a dispatcher that she had locked herself in her car and that the man, identified by police as 33-year-old Curtis Lee Moran, was threatening to break the window.

When officers arrived at the home, they could see broken glass and a large pool of blood around the front door. Graves said officers later learned that the blood was from Moran’s hand, which he used to punch through several panes of glass in the front door.

Through the hole in the door, officers could see Moran choking the woman, Graves said. They entered the home and apprehended him, she said.

The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries to her neck and arms.

Moran was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and domestic violence.

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