Man charged with attempted homicide after nearly strangling woman in West Valley City; victim in critical condition

Jeffrey Larson. Photo courtesy: Salt Lake County

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Oct. 18, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A man has been charged with attempted homicide after West Valley Police officials say he admitted to nearly choking a woman to death before calling 911 and giving dispatch the victim’s location.

The 24-year-old woman remains in critical condition in a local hospital, West Valley City Police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku said.

Vainuku said in a news release officers responded to 6000 W. 4100 South on Sunday after receiving an anonymous report that a woman at that location was in need of medical attention.

At the site, officers found an unresponsive woman in a vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital, where doctors concluded her injuries were consistent with a near strangulation.

Investigators were able to identify the anonymous caller as Jeffrey Larson, 29. Larson was interviewed regarding the circumstances of the phone call, and made statements indicating that he had choked the female in the vehicle and later called 911.

Larson also indicated that he had taken property from the victim.

Larson was booked into the Salt Lake County jail on charges of attempted homicide, a second-degree felony; obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony; and theft, a class B misdemeanor.

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