A call about a fight between a man and his girlfriend led to the man's arrest on assault, weapons and protective order violation charges.
Police in West Haven said they arrested Sahle Applewhite Wednesday night on Clifton Street.
The first officer to arrive on the scene said he saw Applewhite strike a woman in the middle of the street.
The victim appeared to be injured next to a boulder, which was also in the street.
Police said their investigation revealed that the couple had an argument inside their apartment which spilled out into the road. The boulder was used to strike the woman.
They said Applewhite choked the woman. When she tried to escape their apartment through a basement window, the suspect grabbed her neck with one hand while holding a pistol with the other.
The two eventually ended up in the road.
When police furthered their investigation, they said they found two semi-automatic .40 caliber Glock pistols, one of which had an obliterated serial number and was chambered with 15 rounds in plain view. The other was in the kitchen.
They said they also found suspected crack cocaine and drug packaging materials.
Police said Applewhite has a criminal history with convictions on misdemeanor charges. He also has a current protective order against him which was supposed to protect the victim in this case.
The victim was not seriously hurt, according to police.
Applewhite was charged with violation of protective order, conspiracy to commit strangulation, first-degree assault, third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and alteration of a firearm.
Police said narcotics charges will be added as their investigation continues.
Applewhite was held on a $400,000 bond.
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