RUTLAND - Rutland City Police reported that a man attempted to choke an unidentified woman to death Sept. 28. While being choked, the victim play acted that she was dead; by doing so, her attacker loosened his hands around her neck and she survived. Police did not reveal the details that prompted the attack.
The woman, who was holding a one-year-old child, was also punched in the head multiple times; despite the attack, she managed to survive the violent ordeal. She was treated at Rutland Regional Medical Center and later released. Police noted that the child was not injured.
Police reported that Ian E. Patureau, of 25 Hopkins St., appeared to think that his victim was dead. The incident apparently took place at Patureau's residence.
Patureau turned himself in to police thinking he killed the woman. He later learned his victim had survived the attack.
On Sept. 30, Patureau appeared in Rutland County District Court where he pleaded innocent to charges of felony first-degree aggravated domestic assault and felony endangerment of a child. Bail was set at $100,000.
Patureau could face up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted, police said.