Fremont police have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the attempted homicide of his girlfriend, who he had allegedly tied up on Sunday and cinched a rope around her neck in an effort to try and hang her from a tree.
In a Monday statement, police said they had arrested Daniel Howard of Fremont, and that his girlfriend had been taken to a hospital for minor injures.
She had called police before 6 p.m. on Sunday from the 41500 block of Beatrice Street, telling 911 dispatchers that her boyfriend had tied her up and she was in the back yard.
Officers arrived at the home and raced to the backyard. They found the woman with both hands bound behind her back and a rope cinched around her neck. The rope was connected to a tree configured to hang her, police said.
The man, later identified as Howard, was standing behind her, using his girlfriend as a shield when officers arrived and continued to wrap the rope around her neck. As officers moved in to save the woman, police said Howard pushed her towards an embankment and fled over a side fence. The woman fell to the ground and officers grabbed her. Howard, police said, ran through several neighboring yards before being taken into custody by officers.