A 35-year-old man accused of trying to choke his wife during an argument is facing a felony assault charge in Killeen.

Eric Rivera-Vega was arraigned by Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin on Thursday on a charge of assault of a family or household member by strangulation. Rivera-Vega’s wife told police she and her husband were arguing in their apartment on Twin Creek Drive on May 17 when he slapped her.

Rivera-Vega then grabbed her by the throat with both hands and squeezed, according to an arrest affidavit.

The woman said she almost lost consciousness, and tried to remind Rivera-Vega to think about their young child but “couldn’t get all the words out.”

Rivera-Vega eventually released her, and she called 911, an affidavit stated.

Potvin set Rivera-Vega’s bail at $100,000.

Potvin also arraigned the following individuals on unrelated charges Thursday:

  • Wayne Allan Grant Jr., 36, on a charge of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, 1 gram or more, but less than 4 grams. Grant’s bail was set at $30,000.
  • Carmen Shyvonne Perry, 36, on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. Perry’s bail was set at $30,000.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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