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Alexandria man charged with strangling girlfriend in Arlandria

A 24-year-old Alexandria man is being held without bond after allegedly strangling his girlfriend.

Antar Christmas was arrested on December 8 and charged with domestic assault and battery and impeding blood circulation or respiration of a family/household member. He is being held without bond in the Alexandria jail.

The incident occurred on Dec. 1 in an apartment in the 900 block of Manor Road. A witness heard a woman scream in a nearby apartment, and police met the victim, who said that the suspect had just left with their child, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The victim told police that she was temporarily staying with Christmas, and that they argued after he returned home late. She told police that, after an escalating argument, that he pushed her against a wall, grabbed her throat with both hands and squeezed for approximately two seconds, according to the warrant.

The investigating officer reported not finding any observable injuries on the victim.

When police called Christmas and asked if he would return to his apartment, he reportedly said, “I’m not an idiot,” and hung up. Subsequent calls and texts were ignored, and police petitioned for arrests warrants for strangulation and assault and battery, according to the search warrant.

Police then found that Christmas was suspected of two other domestic assaults from June and August, and had open arrest warrants in Montgomery County and Baltimore County in Maryland.

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