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Fort Greely soldier charged in assault on wife

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Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 5:35 pm

FAIRBANKS - A Fort Greely soldier is accused of pointing a pistol at his wife and threatening to kill her.

Alaska State Troopers arrested Jon Philip Carlton II, 23, early Monday morning on charges of second-and third-degree felony assault.

Troopers responded to Carlton’s Fort Greely apartment about 2 a.m. after Carlton’s next-door neighbor called Fort Greely police to report screams and Carlton’s wife saying something about a gun in her face, according to the criminal complaint against Carlton.

Troopers said Carlton’s wife had redness on her neck, face and arms. She told troopers she locked herself in the bedroom to get away from Carlton during an argument, but he kicked open the door and began choking her, repeatedly squeezing until she almost lost consciousness, loosening and squeezing again. He only stopped when she grabbed his genitals, and at this point, she said he pointed a gun at her and said he would kill her and then himself if she called police.

Carlton had cuts on his knuckles, fresh scrapes around his neck and shoulders, and a bite mark on his upper chest, troopers said. He told troopers he had kicked in the door during an argument with his wife but never assaulted her. He was not sure how he received his injuries because he had blacked out a little from drinking, police said. He also said he took his pistol out from under the sink and removed the magazine, but did not point it at his wife, troopers said.

Carlton is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on $5,000 bail, according to a booking officer. He is scheduled to appear in court next week.

Fort Greely is near Delta Junction, about two hours south of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway.

Contact staff writer Sam Friedman at 459-7545.

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