Billings man Barron Houston Tipps was arrested and charged with Strangulation, PFMA, Destruction of Communication Device and Unlawful Restraint.
According to Billings Police report#18-5528, Police Officers were dispatched to the Lewis & Clark Inn Motel for what was described as a disturbance call in room #32. As Officers arrived, Barron Houston Tipps stepped into the doorway and out of the motel room.
Tipps told the Police Officers, that he and his girlfriend got into an argument and things got out of hand as they were throwing things at each other.
Billings Police Officer Hilde spoke to Tipps, while Billings Police Officer Stroble spoke to the victim T.L. According to Officer Stroble's summary notes, he states that the female victim was hysterical and pleading "begging" him to get her out of the motel room.
The female victim had a cast on one of her hands and she complained of severe pain in that hand.
A visible lump was on her head. The Female victim was transported to the hospital for medical treatment.
According to Police report#18-55128, the victim and Tipps had been in a relationship since October of 2017. During a verbal argument, Tipps started to throw things at her as she was trying to leave the motel room.
Tipps grabbed her by the hair and her arm to get her phone that she was trying to call 911 from. Tipps then grabbed her arm that had the cast on it slammed her face down in the bed, sat on top of her and place a rear naked choke hold on her.
T.L. stated to the police that she thought she was going to die. Tipps threatened to kill her, he finally, let her up so she could breathe.
T.L. yelled at Tipps that they were over and that she was going to leave. Tipps ran to the motel door and dead bolted the door and told her she was not leaving. As she was texting a friend to come and get her Tipps grabbed a wooden box and was getting ready to hit her with it when the Police Officers knocked on the motel door.
Tipps admitted to the police that he had strangled his girlfriend for "maybe two or three minutes" and that he used his arm to strangle her while reaching for her phone with his other arm.
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