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Police: Dreadlock choking victim said attacker was on cocaine

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Investigators said the man accused of choking his girlfriend with his dreadlocks told her she would not see the light of day again.

Court documents show the victim told police that Caleb Grotberg had ingested cocaine Monday night and she was upset about it.

They went to dinner anyway, but sat at different tables.

Court documents say the pair then returned home and went into separate rooms. Investigators said Grotberg then grabbed the woman and shoved her through a door into a bedroom.

Investigators said she was thrown so hard she damaged the floor and landed head-first into a dresser about ten feet across the room, damaging it as well.

Grotberg is then accused of wrapping his dreadlocked hair around the woman's neck and shoving her to the floor, pounding her head against the ground.

Court documents allege he then threw a glass bong at her before punching her and attempting to suffocate her.

The victim told police he threatened to kill her, cursed at her and said, "You won't see the light of day."

The woman told police she believed she was going to die, but Grotberg instead threw her into a room and barricaded it with furniture so she couldn't escape.

She called police at that point, and officers canvassed the neighborhood and arrested Grotberg.

The victim was taken to a Portland hospital for treatment to numerous injuries, but they were not life-threatening.

Grotberg was arraigned Tuesday on charges including kidnapping, assault and strangulation. He is due back in court Jan. 16.

Police said domestic violence crimes in progress should be reported to 911. There are 24-hour resources available for victims of domestic violence on the Portland Women's Crisis Center Line at (503) 235-5333 or 1-888-235-5333.

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