On May 8, 2022, Missoula Police Department Officers responded to a disturbance in progress at a residence in the 1400 block of W. Broadway Street. The 911 dispatcher could hear a male saying, “stop hitting me,” and a female yelling and screaming. The male told the dispatcher he was trying to restrain the female. Police Public Information Officer Lydia Arnold picks up the story.

“The 911 dispatcher could hear the disturbance while taking the call,” Arnold said. “Officers arrived and were able to have contact with the suspect, Sarah Dicker, and the victim. During the preliminary investigation, officers learned it was a domestic related disturbance. The physical disturbance was over material items. The victim told officers Dicker was taking their belongings. When the victim asked Dicker to not take items since she does not live at the residence, the encounter became physically violent.”

The victim said Dicker was his ex-girlfriend of three years, whom he let stay at his apartment from time to time. He said Dicker was packing to leave, and he noticed that she was taking some of his items. When he told her to stop and get out, she “lost it” and began attacking him.

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“Officers were able to observe serious injuries to the victim and medical was called to the scene,” Arnold said. “At this time, no additional details about the victim’s injuries are available. Officers took statements from Dicker and the victim, collected evidence, and photographed the scene. Dicker was arrested for partner or family member assault, strangulation, and criminal mischief. This case is still under investigation with the Missoula Police Department.”

Court documents indicate Dicker began punching and kicking the victim, hitting him in the face and head, as well as the chest. He tried to get her to leave by bending over at the waist and trying to shove her out of the apartment to stop the attack. As he did this, Dicker kept hitting him on the head and then bent over and bit him on the back.

As he was close to getting her out of the apartment, she grabbed his throat and choked him. He said she grabbed his throat with her right hand from the front and squeezed tightly. He said the strangulation lasted for about 30 seconds, until he was able to ask her, “what are you doing to me?” He said that she finally stopped, and he was able to pull her hand away.

Once he got her outside, he slammed the door and locked it. As she walked away, the victim said Dicker smashed out his window. Officers observed a broken window with glass all around.

The victim had reddening and bruising around his neck, a deep, open, and fresh bite mark on his back, and signs of struggle on his back and arms.

The information in this article was obtained from sources that are publicly viewable.

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