Man Accused of Choking Woman, Trying to Drown Her in Bathtub

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(Memphis) It was a day of terror for a South Memphis woman who was attacked by 27-year-old Kelvin Barksdale according to Memphis police.

According to a police affidavit, Barksdale tried to choke her, smother her and ultimately drown her.

“People are going crazy right now,” said neighbor Antonio Akram.

Memphis Police say in March, the victim woke from an afternoon nap to find Barksdale standing over her.

They began fighting.

The victim tried to leave, but Barksdale wouldn't let her.

The police report says he then put her in a choke hold and she passed out, but it didn't stop there.

Police say Barksdale sat on the victim and tried to smother her with a pair of shorts and then it got even more violent.

Police say Barksdale dragged the victim into the bathroom then tried to drown her in the bathtub by forcing her head underwater.

Luckily, the victim was able to get away.

She went for help and police said Barksdale took off in the victim's car.

He was on the run for  more than six weeks.

“I’m glad he caught,” said Akram.

He hopes Barkesdale stays in jail for good.

The suspect went to jail in January for abusing the same woman.

A condition of his bond was to stay away from the victim, but if someone abuses once, they're likely to do it again, according to Detective Barbara Tolbert with the Shelby County sheriff's Domestic Violence Task Force.

“A lot of times once these abusers realize that you're accepting the abuse he's giving, then he will surely abuse again,” said Tolbert.

It appears the victim did the right thing in this case and reported the abuse the first time, but Tolbert says victims need to remain vigilant.

“Once that person makes that decision to stay away then they need to stay on that path to stay away because normally that abuse doesn't change,” she said.

The victim suffered a broken nose, a fracture to the face and cut above her eye.

Barksdale is charged with Attempted First Degree Murder.

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