In a case involving a guy suspected of attempting to strangle the witness, a 38-year-old man was charged with criminal intimidation.
Tyron Brown traveled to the victim’s workplace in St. Anthony after being released from the Fremont County Jail, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the St. Anthony Police Department. The victim is a victim in a case involving Anthony Cornford, 39, who is accused with two felonies: domestic assault and attempted strangling.
The victim informed police on May 18 that Brown had been to see her and that Cornford had begged him to “make this go away.” Cornford didn’t want to go to prison, she added, and he urged her to dismiss the accusations or not testify.
Brown was charged with intimidating a witness, and an arrest warrant was issued for him.
Brown was released on a $25,000 bail and will appear in Fremont County Magistrate Court on June 8 at 4 p.m. for a preliminary hearing.
In the other attempted strangulation and domestic assault case, a St. Anthony Police Department officer was summoned to the Bridge Street area at 1:40 a.m. on January 30 for a complaint of the victim claiming Cornford was attempting to murder her.
When the officer arrived in the vicinity, the victim attempted to climb into the police vehicle, according to court filings. “Let me in,” she kept saying. “I just want to get away from him” and “I just want to get out of here.”
The officer saw that the victim’s mouth and ear were bleeding.
Cornford had “hit her in the face and lips multiple times,” she informed the officer.
Cornford did not come to the door when the police tried to reach him in his room. To assist, a deputy came on the scene and attempted to reach him via phone.
Cornford informed the deputy he traveled to Rexburg and wasn’t there, according to records. His crimson SUV was spotted sitting on the side of the road.
“(I) saw that the snow on the stairs and at the base of the steps was untouched, suggesting that no one had come out that way.” According to the complaint, Anthony was “hiding in the room and refusing to come out.”
“I was asleep when Anthony Cornford assaulted me, punched me,” the victim claimed in a written statement. threatening to murder me and my children I finally managed to flee and phoned the cops. Before I could contact the cops, he hit and choked me for 30 minutes.”
Cornford was suspected of lying about his whereabouts during and after the event, according to court filings.
Cornford’s trial has been scheduled for September 1 at 9 a.m. at the Fremont County Courthouse.