Man faces charges of attempted murder, strangulation, burglary

LAS VEGAS - A 41-year-old man is in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on attempted burglary, murder, and domestic violence charges.

Christopher Wood was arrested Sunday for trying to break into his ex-girlfriend's home and trying to strangle her, Metro Police said. 

According to an arrest report released Monday, police received a call from the victim’s roommate around 10:37 p.m. Saturday stating that Wood was in the backyard attempting to break-in through a window. Eight minutes later, officers responded to the scene and found Wood on the ground with the victim, Stella Martinez.

Martinez was seen by officers being choked, strangled, and her hair was pulled. Wood refused the officer’s commands to stop and was physically removed off of the victim and placed into custody, the report said.

Martinez was unresponsive and didn’t appear to be breathing, so officers had to perform CPR. After a couple of minutes, officers revived Martinez, but was not breathing on her own.

Martinez was transported by Clark County paramedics to Summerlin Hospital, she remains in critical and life-threatening condition. She was also placed on a ventilator due to not breathing on her own.

Doctors say Martinez suffered from bruising on her right ear, shoulder, left thigh, along with injuries on her back, neck, and eyes.

Police say the injuries were consistent with signs of a strangulation.

Wood is facing charges of attempted burglary, attempted murder, battery  and domestic violence by strangulation.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.


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