BLACKFOOT — A Blackfoot man has been charged for reportedly kicking down a woman’s door and attacking her on March 27.
Shawn Biggs, 50, told police he was intoxicated when the incident occurred. A Bingham County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the incident and saw the damaged door. The victim told police Biggs had been out drinking when he showed up angry, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The argument escalated to fighting and the victim said she scratched Biggs in self-defense. She told him to leave and not return that night. She locked Biggs out of the house, to which he responded by kicking the door in, the affidavit said. The victim said they had argued before, but it had never been as bad as it was that night.
The victim had bruises on her wrist, throat and forehead. She told the deputy it was hard to remember what happened because she also had been drinking, but she remembered Biggs choking her.
The woman did not tell the deputy about her injuries until he noticed them, according to court documents, because she did not want Biggs to go to jail. The day after, however, she contacted the deputy to say she wanted to press charges.
The victim’s minor children told investigators they saw the incident and that Biggs lost his temper after the victim argued with him. The kids reported Biggs pushed the woman onto a bed, holding her down by her wrists, hitting her and that he would choke her if she said anything to make him angry. They said this went on for an hour.
The deputy located Biggs the next day. Biggs said the victim scratched him after the argument, then went to bed. The deputy arrested him.
The woman reported that a doctor had examined her and found her bruises went deeper than her skin. The deputy wrote in his report that she had a raspy voice, and her doctor asked her to return the next day for another check.
Biggs has been charged with attempted strangulation, punishable with up to 15 years in prison and $50,0000 in fines, and domestic battery involving traumatic injury in the presence of children, punishable with up to 20 years in prison and $20,000 in fines. A separate case was filed for misdemeanor destruction Thursday, but dismissed the same day by motion of the prosecutor.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 12 at the Bingham County Courthouse.