Rabinowitz Courthouse

The Rabinowitz Courthouse in Fairbanks, Alaska, in May 2011.

A 34-year-old Venetie man faces multiple felony charges for allegedly strangling his pregnant girlfriend multiple times and deliberately punching and slapping her in the stomach. 

Clinton Alfred Watson is also accused of punching the woman in the face, biting her, dragging her by her hair and keeping her in their hotel room for three hours during the attack. Watson’s girlfriend is 38 weeks pregnant, according to a criminal complaint filed in Fairbanks court Tuesday. The average human gestation period is 40 weeks.

Alaska State Troopers responded to the La Quinta Inn and Suites at 7:16 a.m. on Sunday after the woman called 911 from the hotel lobby. She told troopers she was sleeping in the hotel room when Watson came in drunk and woke her up. He began arguing with her about their unborn child and punched her in the cheek.

The woman tried to leave the room but Watson picked her up, carried her back to bed and said, “You aren’t going anywhere,” according to the complaint. He calmed down for a short time and held her in the bed, then became angry again. Watson bit the woman on the cheek, causing severe bleeding and began strangling her for a second time. 

Watson eventually calmed down, stopped strangling the woman and let her clean the blood off of her face. He then became enraged again, dragged her by her hair toward the bed and strangled her for about three minutes until she almost blacked out, according to the complaint. 

After he stopped strangling her, Watson picked the woman up from the floor, threw her on the bed and punched her in the stomach while yelling, “That’s not my baby,” according to the complaint. Watson also slapped her belly several times while yelling that he was going to be a single dad. He then ripped the hotel room phone from the wall and began searching for the woman’s wallet.

The woman said she tried to get away several times but Watson dragged her back to the bed every time she got near the door. She was finally able to escape the room and run to the lobby while Watson was busy looking for her wallet and yelling that he was going to leave with her money and phone.

Troopers found blood spots on the sheets and clumps of hair on the bed. The woman had defensive wounds and bruises on her arms and told troopers Watson’s pistol and her phone and wallet were missing from the room.

The woman called troopers the next day and said Watson had messaged her on Facebook. Troopers contacted Watson at a family member’s home. He denied physically assaulting the woman or taking her wallet but admitted to taking her cell phone, according to the complaint. He offered no explanation for the Facebook messages, several of which appeared to threaten harm to the woman and her unborn child.

Watson claimed the woman made up her allegations because of his similar arrests in the past involving other women, according to the complaint.  

Watson is charged with three counts of second-degree assault and one count of kidnapping. He will be arraigned in Fairbanks court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.  

Contact staff writer Dorothy Chomicz at 459-7582. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMcrime. 

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