MOUNT VERNON — A former girlfriend of Matthew Hoffman, who is charged in connection with the kidnapping of Sarah Maynard, 13, from her Apple Valley home a week ago, filed a report with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office alleging he choked her last month. The report shows she told a county dispatcher who took the call, that she thought he was going to kill her.
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In the report, the Mount Vernon woman whose identity the News is withholding, said she went to Hoffman’s house to retrieve her vehicle. During a discussion, she alleged Hoffman choked her and pinned her to the floor.
Hoffman, who according to the report is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, allegedly then released the woman, who then left the residence and called the sheriff’s office.
“We were in his living room talking and he got upset and pushed me against the wall,” the complainant’s statement from Oct. 24 reads.
“He had his forearm up against my neck and was choking me,” she continued, adding she then briefly got loose before Hoffman grabbed her again, and the two tumbled over a chair onto the floor.
“I was fighting to try and get him off me but he proceeded to choke me on the ground,” she wrote.
She estimated Hoffman pinned her to the ground while choking her for one or two minutes.
She said he then let her up, and the two talked for a few minutes before she left.
The woman declined to press charges against Hoffman, according to the report.