Man, 29, charged with battering girlfriend

Brandon S. Colton. Photo/Fayette County Jail.
Brandon S. Colton. Photo/Fayette County Jail.

A Fayetteville man is in custody on multiple charges after choking and assaulting his girlfriend after she refused to let him use her phone, police said.

Brandon S. Colton, 29, was charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, terroristic threats and acts and second-degree criminal damage to property, according to Fayette County Jail records.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesman Jeff Harris said officers at approximately 7:16 p.m. on Sept. 14 responded to Fayetteville Fire Department Station No. 91 in reference to a domestic call.

Upon officers’ arrival, they met with the victim, who stated that her boyfriend choked her, said Harris, adding that the victim had red marks on around her neck area and a bruise on her upper forearm. Photographs were taken of the injuries.

The victim advised that the incident occurred at her residence on Pye Court. She told officers her boyfriend was upset at her because she would not let him use her phone to call the mother of his children on Sept. 13, and an argument occurred. The victim advised the boyfriend with one hand choked her and broke her phone, shattering the screen, Harris said.

Harris said the victim stated that she went to pick up her co-worker at home for work around 5 a.m. on Sept. 14 and told her about the incident that happened the night before, adding that she was scared for her life and did not want to go back. Both worked all day and after work, at approximately 6-6:30 p.m., they went to the victim’s residence to pack a bag to leave.

The victim told officers that while packing, the boyfriend arrived at the house. The boyfriend shut the bedroom door with the victim inside the bedroom, police reports said.

“The victim said while inside the bedroom, she was pushed onto the bed. While on the bed, the boyfriend placed both hands around her neck and squeezed. The victim advised that she felt it was hard to breathe at certain points,” said Harris. “The victim was able to break loose from the boyfriend and was pushed around the bedroom into the wall. The victim attempted several times to exit the bedroom, and the boyfriend would pull her back into the bedroom and finally threw the victim about the hallway wall.”

Harris said both the victim and co-worker stated that while in the bedroom, the boyfriend was heard saying he will “end” her life. The victim and co-worker ran to the car and left the scene. EMS medically cleared the victim.

Harris said warrants were issued for Colton, who was subsequently arrested without incident and transported to the Fayette County Jail.