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Fremont man tried to hang girlfriend from tree, police say

Approximate location of incident shown in red

A Fremont man faces a charge of attempted murder after he allegedly tried to hang his girlfriend from a backyard tree, police said.

A "frantic" woman called 911 about 5:50 p.m. Sunday saying her boyfriend had tied her up and that she was in the backyard, according to a statement from the Fremont Police Department. The phone disconnected, but the woman was able to tell operators the address of the home, located in the 41500 block of Beatrice Street, police said.

When officers arrived, they found the woman in the backyard with "both hands bound behind her back and a rope cinched around her neck," the statement said. "The rope was connected to a tree configured to hang her."

The man shielded himself from police with the woman, authorities said, and kept wrapping the rope around her neck. As officers moved toward the pair, the man pushed the woman toward an embankment, jumped a fence and ran.

The woman fell to the ground but suffered only minor injuries, police said. The suspect, identified as Daniel Howard, 31, ran through several yards before officers arrested him.

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-- Kate Mather

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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in red. Credit: Google Maps

 
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