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LAPD Officer Accused Of Strangling Wife Until She Passed Out, Then Tying Her Up

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An LAPD officer was arrested this week after his estranged wife reported he strangled her until she passed out and then tied her up.

Jose Robert Figueroa, 29, was charged on Wednesday for attempted murder, injuring a spouse and making criminal threats, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

His wife, who has not been named, told authorities that Figueroa went to her Inglewood apartment between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday and threatened to kill her. He put a choke hold with his arm around her neck until she passed out, the L.A. Times reported. When she awoke, she was tied up. However, she was able to contact the police after the incident, but Figueroa had fled by then. She was taken to a hospital for her injuries.

"We are alleging great bodily injuries," said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

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KTLA interviewed the woman at her home and reported that she had a black eye and bruises. She said in Spanish that she was Figueroa's estranged wife of seven years and they were going through a divorce. They also have a 6-year-old son together.

Figueroa, who's been on the LAPD police force for six years, turned himself in to his LAPD's Newton station—the station where he's assigned. He was arrested around 1:45 a.m. on Monday.

He was in court on Wednesday, but his arraignment was postponed to June 4. He faces a life sentence if he is convicted of all charges.