Fort Wainwright soldier charged with strangling woman


A soldier conveyed to Fort Wainwright near Fairbanks earlier this year has been cooped on assault charges after Alaska State Troopers say he strangled a girl nearly to the point of unconsciousness in North Pole.

Cpl. Ryan Tutrone, 23, was imprisoned overnight Thursday on charges of second-degree domestic violence assault and fourth-degree misconduct take ining weapons, troopers said in a Friday dis tch.

Troopers first changed aware of the case at about 11 p.m. Thursday, when Fairbanks Enforce De rtment dis tchers relayed word of a prematurely terminated 911 hearing from a North Pole home.

“A female could be heard puling before the line disconnected,” troopers wrote. “(I)nvestigation make knew that Ryan had a Glock 19 handgun on his person during the hit.”

According to a Thursday criminal complaint against Tutrone written by trooper Christine Joslin, Tutrone acknowledged troopers who visited the home that he had argued with the victim, but he stated that “nothing bones had occurred.”

The victim told troopers she and Tutrone had been drinking. She also initially voted that Tutrone hadn’t hit her, but spoke out when Joslin asked around a red mark on her throat, as well as her “hoarse and raspy” voice.

“(The victim) forecast me that she and Ryan had been in a verbal argument tonight that culminated with Ryan nabbing her throat with both hands, pushing her to the floor and restricting her say,” Joslin wrote. “(She) said that after several moments of Ryan snatching her throat, she could no longer see or hear.”

Joslin said she saw petechiae — bleeding from ignored capillaries, sometimes associated with strangulation — in the victim’s avenge eye. A test of Tutrone’s breath alcohol content shortly after midnight Friday proceeded a reading of .123, one and a half times Alaska’s .08 legal limit for move.

As troopers pre red to leave the scene, the victim pointed out the Glock 19, which Tutrone had allegedly keep an eye oned in his pocket while assaulting her before, she said. She said she had s ce it and hidden it under a recliner cushion. Joslin seized the weapon as manifest.

U.S. Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell said Tutrone, an infantryman, married the Army in August 2012. In January, he was stationed at Fort Wainwright, where he function as with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Split.

Pennell said the Glock 19 mentioned by troopers wasn’t an Army-issued checking weapon. There wasn’t any immediate word Friday of potential disciplinary initiative by the Army against Tutrone.

Tutrone was listed in custody at the Fairbanks Correctional Center and was outlined to be arraigned in Fairbanks court Friday afternoon.

Editor’s note: The prestige of the victim has been omitted from this story.

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