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6/26/2012 10:27:00 PM
Texting dispute leads to assault charges for PV man

A Prescott Valley man who allegedly was upset that his girlfriend was texting her ex-husband now faces serious criminal charges.

Prescott Valley police booked David Lea McGill, 46, into the Yavapai County Jail on Monday on felony charges of aggravated assault, kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment, all per domestic violence.

Shortly after midnight, officers answered a call in the 8800 block of Beaver about a woman screaming for help. They spoke to a woman who said she had been texting her ex-husband about their children, which made McGill angry, Prescott Valley Police Sgt. Brandon Bonney said.

The woman told officers that McGill shoved her several times, put his hand over her throat so that she could not breathe, and refused to let her leave the home, Bonney said.

The woman told officers that McGill told her to go to sleep. Later she told McGill she needed to go to the bathroom, then ran from the residence screaming for someone to help her.

A neighbor heard the woman's cries for help and called police, Bonney said.

"It is very important for people who hear something like this or believe someone is in danger to call their local police," Bonney said. "It is not uncommon for individuals to believe it is not their business or think someone else may have called. Don't assume this. If someone is in danger and needs help, please call."

The woman told officers that McGill chased her, grabbed her over the mouth to keep her quiet, then pulled her into the residence at one point with his hands around her mouth and her neck and throat area, Bonney said.

The victim fought back and McGill sustained minor injuries as a result.

When investigators spoke to McGill, he allegedly made numerous incriminating statements about his involvement, his story was consistent with what the victim reported, and he expressed remorse for his actions.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 01, 2012
Article comment by: Well Known

@ Monkey Jedi Flame

This isn't about whos story sounds better!

Neither one of us were there.. were we? I was just stating that this kind of behavior doesn't sound like this person I know well.

Also, sometimes witnesses exaggerate what really happened. Which I have seen before.

Also, I have seen people deliberately inflict harm on themselves to get their signifigant other in trouble!

So, mind your business...

Posted: Friday, June 29, 2012
Article comment by: Monkey Jedi Flame

@ well known

Yes, there are two sides...usually the victim's and the abuser's. Too bad his was not as good as her's...or the witness that called.

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Article comment by: well known

I have known Dave for many years and this kind of behavior doesn't sound like him at all. He is quiet, gentle and kind. I do know that there are two sides to each story ...

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Sober Sam

TO: Alcohol Al

Obviously you've never been in a bar and hooked up at closing time....

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: trippetta able

Actually the fact that they have become so brainwashed that they do return shows the extent of the victimization that they have endured, and it's not always just women, they (the abusers) systematically convince that person that they cannot live w/o them & if that doesn't work it escalates to threats of murder to the victim & or their children. I imagine it would be hard to stay away from someone, especially if he had friends in various police departments & the police took his side constantly & the person is afraid of their children & self being killed. Not that this has anything to do with this story, or any personal family experience at all (scoff). Stockholm syndrome does not just occur with kidnapping victims, although some of you would be the sort to insist that some women would enjoy being raped & tortured if they did end up with Stockholm Syndrome. Sometimes these people will never be normal again or now how to have healthy relationships because of abuse, which is downright sad, nothing there to point fingers about.

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Monkey Jedi Flame

@ Concerned Person

Oh, boo whoo, I am the victim really!

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Alcohol Al

Remember my motto: Nothing good ever happens after midnight! Drunky time!

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: TO: past victim

And the women always return.... Hardly qualifies as being a "victim" when you know what you're invovled with and you go back for more.

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Hooty Hoo

Think he couldve been drunk ?

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: past victim

they always express remorse for their actions, that's how they trap women into returning!

Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Article comment by: Concerned Person

Throw in a few more charges PV police just like you did to me when I was trying to protect myself against my girlfriends son when he attacked me.

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