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Man accused of choking woman who refused to have sex with him, Havasu Police say

May 3, 2019

A transient with a criminal past was arrested after law enforcement officials said he choked a woman to the point of unconsciousness.

Joel Keith Pritchett, 36, was arrested Monday and charged with one felony count of aggravated assault after Lake Havasu City Police said he choked a woman because she refused to have sex with him.

Police were called to a Lake Havasu Avenue hotel Saturday afternoon where a woman said she was strangled by Pritchett and passed out. She said Pritchett had been violent with her all day. She said he left the hotel whenever she called the front desk to ask someone to call 911.

She said he had a history of drug abuse and physically abusing her. She said they argued about her not being willing to have sex with him.

The victim said he pinned her down on the kitchen table while he allegedly choked her. She said she saw black spots and stars and couldn’t breathe.

An officer said he could see red marks around the right side of her neck that he believed to be consistent with a hand around her neck. The officer also said he saw scratch marks on her forearm, a black eye and a fresh cut on her lower lip.

Police caught up to Pritchett Monday at a hotel on North McCulloch Boulevard.

According to the police report, Prichett allegedly said he pushed her, but never choked her and never prevented her from leaving the room.

According to previous media accounts, Pritchett and another woman were arrested in Bullhead City in November 2018 for allegedly stealing and using a credit card to make fraudulent charges.