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Lathrop man held in wife's assault

LATHROP — San Joaquin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Lathrop man suspected of trying to strangle his estranged wife, authorities said Tuesday.

Joe Herrera Salazar, 48, was booked at the San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, burglary, spousal battery, false imprisonment and violation of a domestic violence restraining order.

He was being held without bail Tuesday night.

Authorities said Salazar tried to strangle the 42-year-old woman with a curling iron cord Monday morning. The victim's name was not released.

When sheriff's deputies met with her about 6:30 a.m. Monday, they could see injuries to her face, including bruised and swollen lips, deputy Les Garcia reported. She also had difficulty talking, was lightheaded and complained of pain to her head and shoulder area.

She was taken by ambulance to a hospital and treated for her injuries. Her condition wasn't available Tuesday.

The attack occurred at their homes in the 1300 block of East O Street, just north of East Louise Avenue. Sheriff's officials reported Salazar and his wife lived in a duplex style home — Salazar in the front unit and his wife at the rear.

The couple was in the process of getting a divorce, authorities said.

The victim told deputies she heard a noise about 4 a.m. She said Salazar woke her by turning on the light, and she saw him standing in her bedroom. He apparently had crawled through the common attic space then lowered himself into her apartment.

The victim said Salazar put the curling iron cord around her neck, but she fought back after nearly losing consciousness.

She told deputies she kicked at Salazar numerous times even through he hit her about 50times on the head, face and body.

After the attack, Salazar told his wife to take a shower and then go with him to Valley Springs. That's when she called her brother and asked for help. He called authorities.

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