It was a most unusual a domestic assault call – the report of a woman being choked by her boyfriend, using his dreadlocks – to which Portland Police Bureau (PPB) responded at 2:28 am on January 7.

When Central Precinct officers responded to the address on S.E. 22nd Avenue, just north of S.E. Powell Boulevard, they didn’t know quite what to expect.

by: MCDC BOOKING PHOTO - Booking photo of Caleb Grotberg after being arrested for the odd domestic violence assault. He was later re-arrested, after release from his first arrest, on a DUII charge.“An adult female victim told police that her boyfriend assaulted her, and choked her with his dread-locked hair,” explained PPB Public Information Officer Sgt. Peter Simpson. “The victim provided a good description of the suspect, and officers canvassing the neighborhood located the man and took him into custody.”

While the victim was getting treatment at a Portland hospital for “numerous, non-life-threatening injuries”, Simpson said they were booking 32-year-old Caleb Grotberg into jail.

“Grotberg was charged with Kidnap in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Menacing, and Strangulation; all Domestic Violence felony crimes,” reported Simpson.

Although Grotberg was held in Multnomah County Inverness Jail on more than $250,000 bail, he was apparently released from custody.

But Multnomah County Detention Center records show that Grotberg was re-arrested on two weeks later, on January 23, at 2:06 pm, this time charged with Driving under the Influence of Intoxicants.

“There are 24-hour resources and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence available,” Simpson reminded victims. “Call the Portland Women's Crisis Line at 503/235-5333.”

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