Billings man Bart Alan Matthews was arrested and charged with (2) counts of PFMA. On April 25, 2018, Yellowstone County Sheriff Office Corporal Ketch and Deputy Harris were dispatched to what was described as a disturbance at an address that is located on Highway 312.
According to dispatch records, the complainant was the wife of Bart Alan Matthews. She stated that her husband had "choked" her at least two times.
Bart Matthews called in to dispatch and stated that his wife was in a vehicle with a knife and was suicidal. Dispatch who was already talking with Matthews wife E.F. confirmed that E.F. did not have a knife at all but was sitting in her vehicle for protection.
When the Sheriff Department arrived, they found a woman in a vehicle who's face was red and appeared to have been crying. She stated to the Sheriff Officers that she had been strangled at least twice during a verbal fight with her husband and that he pulled her hair.
As she ran her hair through her hands, long strands of hair easily came out in her hand. The woman's left eye had a mark on it. A medical unit came to evaluate E.F.
According to Matthews wife, she stated that she and her husband were having financial issues and her husband Bart Matthews was upset. He believed that she was not pulling her financial weight.
E.F. told Sheriff Officers that she thinks her husband is using METH again. She showed the deputies two syringe caps and one of the caps had a needle in the cap.
She indicated that Bart was on probation for stalking a previous girlfriend and told the Officers that her husband Bart was in the house but that he probably screwed the door shut with a drill. When Officers made contact with Bart, Bart did have a cordless drill in one of his hands.
E.F. stated that as they were fighting, Bart was upset because he thought that his wife was not showing him any feelings. So E.F. went to the kitchen grabbed a knife and cut her left arm in an attempt to her Bart's attention; but this only caused more problems as Bart then grabbed her hoodie from behind, then putting his arm around her neck started to choke her.
According to E.F., she stated that when he released her she fell to the ground.
He then picked her back up moved her to the bedroom and removed all her clothes in an attempt to make her take a shower. All this time he was calling her a "cunt" bitch" and told her that she was a worthless piece of "shit."
She confronted him about using METH again, Bart stated that if she accused him of that again that he would beat her until she would not be recognizable to anyone.
Bart Alan Matthews was arrested without incident and taken to the Detention Center. Bart and hi wife have only been married for about (1) year.
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