Man arrested for attempted murder of roommate; victim frees himself before losing consciousness

COURTESY: ANNICK JOSEPH/CRESCENT CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT (KIEM)

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. (KIEM)- A Crescent City man is behind bars for attempted murder after police say he chocked his roommate so hard, he nearly passed out.

The Crescent City Police Department responded to the 500-block of Pacific Avenue, just before two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, for a reported physical altercation in progress.

An investigation determined the suspect, now identified at 36-year-old Nicholas Webster is the uncle of his roommate’s girlfriend.

When Webster found out his niece and the victim may be moving out of the area, he lost it, according to CCPD.

“There was some kind of argument between the victim and his girlfriend in the room and then their other roommate, suspect, forced open the door, and put him in a chokehold, started choking him out and making threatening statements about killing him,” said Police Chief Richard Griffin. “The victim was transported to the hospital and received medical care and he is doing OK now.”

The case has been forwarded to the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office for review.