A man suspected of strangling a woman was stopped as he fled toward Marysville. Steven Hilderbrand, age 56, of Fairbury was arrested Thursday after he allegedly attempted to strangle a female.
The Fairbury Police Department responded to a disturbance in the 1900 block of G Street in Fairbury. The officers on the scene were told by witnesses that Hilderbrand had dragged a woman around the residence by her neck. The witnesses also stated Hilderbrand was driving to Marysville, Kansas.
The victim told officers the pair was arguing when Hilderbrand put his hands around her neck and began to choke her, while threatening to kill her. The victim stated she was unable to breathe while being choked. Injuries on the victim’s neck were consistent with the assault.
Area law enforcement began searching for the Hilderbrand’s vehicle and located it travelling south on Highway 15. Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies stopped the vehicle and took Hildebrand into custody.
He was charged with alleged strangulation, a class IV felony with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both; terroristic threats, a class IV felony punishable by up to five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both; and third degree domestic assault, a class I misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine or both, following the incident.
Deputies located the vehicle traveling south on Highway 15. Hilderbrand was taken into custody and is currently being detained at the Jefferson County Detention Center.