Stateline man arrested for attempted murder |

Stateline man arrested for attempted murder

Tribune News Service

A drywall installer who allegedly smashed his way into his girlfriend’s house and tried to choke her was being held in lieu of $105,000 bail.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office records say Gary Michael Neelon, 43, was arrested Saturday evening in Stateline after a brief chase. He was booked for investigation of attempted murder, a felony, and battery relating to domestic violence, a misdemeanor.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Modispacher said the victim reported she was at home when Neelon forced his way in by breaking a window with a hammer and damaging a door. She said Neelon tried to choke her death. She suffered cuts and bruises to her head, face and neck.

Emergency dispatchers, who were responding to a 911 plea by the woman, said they could hear a struggle over her open phone line. Deputies arrived within three minutes and located Neelon after he crawled from underneath a home and attempted to flee.

Modispacher said the woman was injured in a separate incident Aug. 12, in which Neelon allegedly pushed her out of a moving car. The car was moving at 10-15 mph and the woman suffered a broken wrist.

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