Two people were arrested and charged with assault after they allegedly attacked and choked family members in separate incidents over the weekend.


Sherman Police Sgt. Brett Mullen said officers first responded to the 1700 block of Wharton Street at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday after receiving a report of domestic disturbance. Officers arrived at the residence and took the male suspect into custody as he attempted to leave.


“There were two victims there who reported being assaulted by the suspect, one of which was the suspect’s 65-year-old mother,” Mullen said. “She was pushed to the ground during the incident, causing her pain. The second victim — the suspect’s girlfriend or common law wife — was also pulled to the ground and she was then choked to the point where it affected her ability to breathe.”


The suspect was ultimately arrested and charged with assault causing injury to an elderly person and family violence assault by way of impeding breath.


Hours later, at approximately 3:15 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a second reported disturbance in the 2300 block of West Taylor Street where Mullen said two family members told officers that a 22-year-old female suspect had choked them. The suspect allegedly began to push and slap officers as they tried to take her into custody but even once she was restrained, the woman continued to be combative.


“She was eventually placed in handcuffs but she began twisting her body and resisting as officers attempted to take her down the stairs,” Mullen said. “That created an unsafe situation for everybody, so officers actually restrained her in a wheel chair borrowed from the fire department and rolled her down to the stairs and into the back of a patrol car.”


The woman was charged with two counts of family violence assault for the alleged choking, two counts of assault on a peace officer and one count of resisting arrest.


Mullen said family and household members are bound to disagree from time to time, but the parties involved should never resort to physical confrontation.


“Everybody argues, but if it’s getting to the point where things could turn violent, you should do whatever you can to safely remove yourself from the situation,” Mullen said. “Give everyone involved some time to cool off and collect their thoughts before regrouping and discussing the problems at hand, civilly. That’s the best way to handle it.”


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com.