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Man arrested for strangling sister who tried to wake him for work

Thursday, June 6, 2019

A 22-year-old Warrenton man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly strangled his sister for waking him up, according to a police report.

Kenneth Leon Standring II was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree domestic violence and strangulation following the 1 p.m. assault at his mother’s home in the 1000 block of Seventh Avenue in Hammond.

Standring had been sleeping in a bedroom and wouldn’t answer when his mother and sister attempted to wake him so he could go to work, according to a probable cause declaration written by Officer Teresa McKee. They went outside the house and looked through a window and thought there was something wrong because he was laying half on and half off his bed.

Standring’s mother broke down the bedroom door, at which point the man began yelling at his mother and sister and looking for his Xanax and marijuana. He broke crystal glassware in one room and broke several bottles of condiments from the refrigerator, according to the report.

“When he could not find what he was looking for, … he shoved past (the victim) and he then pushed (her) up against the wall and then wrapped his arm around (her) neck, then went to the floor with her, where he ended up on top of her,” McKee wrote. The victim told officers she couldn’t breathe for a few moments.

She reported no pain to officers, who advised her to see a doctor and gave her contact information for The Harbor domestic violence network.

Standring was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital for evaluation before being booked at Clatsop County Jail.

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