Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - The Missoula County Attorney’s Office charged 14 new criminal complaints this week, which is seven less than last week and closer to the weekly average. According to County Attorney Kirsten Pabst, five of those cases were violent crimes or crimes against persons. 

“In one, the defendant was charged with strangulation,” Pabst said. “In that case, the victim eventually escaped and flagged down a car nearby that called 911 for help. We charged a partner family member assault third offense, as well as a case involving charges of aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery.”

In that case, the allegation is that the defendant broke into a residence with a large knife and demanded money and drugs. There were four victims in that case. 

Pabst said her office also charged an assault with a weapon case in which the defendant allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it at a victim outside of a bar. 

“In the endangerment category, there was quite a variety,” Pabst said. “Three new cases. One involved an allegation of driving intoxicated with a child, another involved a high-speed chase on the Interstate, and then the third involved the allegation of a felony DUI with a crash where the defendant allegedly left the scene of the accident, but there were several witnesses nearby.” 

In addition, Pabst said there were five new property crimes. 

“There were two burglaries, one at the Thunderbird and one at the POV,” Pabst said. “There were two trespass cases, one involving the allegation of a trespass plus theft of a dog and then a criminal mischief. In that case, the defendant allegedly damaged a vehicle with a metal pipe. There was one new drug case. In that case, the defendant was arrested on an out-of-county warrant and was in possession of methamphetamine and hypodermic needles.” 

The Missoula County Attorney’s Office provides a report every Friday morning at 9:00 during Talk Back. 

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