The argument escalated after a woman threw the man’s phone on the floor. Eventually, Antonio A. Caputo and the woman argued again.

Now the 40-year-old Caputo is charged with strangulation and suffocation-domestic abuse, misdemeanor battery-domestic abuse and disorderly conduct-domestic abuse. All of the charges are from Sept. 28 in Chippewa Falls.

According to a criminal complaint:

A woman said she had gone out drinking with her friends and returned home around 1 a.m. Caputo returned to the residence around 3 a.m. Caputo and the woman argued and she threw his phone on the floor.

The woman said Caputo became angry, pulled her hair and “choked her out.” She said Caputo pushed her, causing her to fall and strike her head on a stairway railing.

Caputo said he argued with the woman and he went to bed. He said he woke an hour later when the woman threw water on him. He said during the second argument, she kicked a hole in the wall, stomped on his DVD player and several DVD cases.

The woman admitted kicking a hole in the wall and throwing a glass of water on Caputo, who denied physically striking or choking the woman.

“Caputo stated he believed (the woman) self-inflicted her injuries,” the complaint says.

Caputo has signed a $500 signature bond. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Steven Cray at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31.

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