At around 2:25 a.m. this morning, January 13, Missoula police received a call from a woman who had apparently barricaded herself in the bathroom after the father of her child tried to strangle her. According to Missoula Police Public Information officer Travis Welsh, the suspect was quickly located.

"Two officers arrived at the scene and were met by a male coming out of the residence," Welsh said. "The officers engaged the male, they asked him to show his hands, but rather than do so, he threw his keys at one the officers and then resisted as they attempted to put him in handcuffs: he was pulling away from the officers, he refused to follow instructions."

Police identified the suspect as 25-year-old Toby Dean Wolfblack who now faces six charges, including a felony charge of aggravated assault due to permanent or life threatening injury.

"There were two small children in the home age 5 and 2," Welsh said. "The victim had suffered what appeared to be minor injuries to her head, neck, shoulders, and the front of her chest consisting of red marks and scratches, however, with a case of strangulation there is always a concern for interior injury in the throat."

According to the victim, the violence began after Wolfblack was confronted about his interactions with another woman who had been in the home earlier that day. The victim did not seek immediate medical attention. .

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