A 23-year-old man is facing charges that he tried to kill his girlfriend in a Waltham hotel room last week, according to police.
Derek Townsend, 23, is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and witness intimidation after allegedly strangling his girlfriend on March 24 in their room at the Home Suites Inn on Totten Pond Road, according to Waltham Police Detective Sgt. Joseph Guigno. It's not clear where Townsend is actually from, but he gave his hotel address to police.
The incident started at around 4 a.m. when police say Townsend started arguing with his girlfriend and throwing furniture around their hotel room, according to Guigno. The argument escaleted and the girlfriend tried to leave the room, but Townsend threw her to the ground. Again, she tried to leave, but Townsend stopped her, Guigno said.
The alleged victim tried to get her cell phone to call police, but Townsend stopped her and threatened to kill any police officer that responded to a 911 call to their room, according to Guigno.
Then, the alleged victim yelled for help hoping somebody would hear her.
“At this point he began choke her around the neck,” Guigno said.
The girlfriend struggled for air as Townsend allegedly punched her in the head and face, according to Guigno. Eventually, Townsend stopped his attack.
A hotel security officer then responded to the room and escorted the girlfriend away from Townsend. Police later responded to the incident and arrested Townsend.
The girlfriend sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital, according to Guigno.