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Man arrested after allegedly choking woman, beating rescuer

By Mark Shenefelt - | Aug 8, 2022

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KAYSVILLE — A man was beaten when he intervened to help a woman who was being strangled, police say, and the alleged assailant was arrested nearby.

Authorities received several 911 calls at about 4 a.m. Saturday after a man was heard screaming. A homeowner ran outside and saw a man on top of a woman, choking her and screaming at her.

The homeowner tried to help and the man stood up and yelled at and pushed the homeowner, according to a Kaysville Police Department probable cause statement. They began fighting and the man was able to get on top of the homeowner and allegedly threw several punches to his face. Police said surveillance video provided by the homeowner corroborated the description of the alleged assaults.

The video also showed the man twice grabbing the woman by the throat and throwing her to the ground, the arrest affidavit said.

Police soon found the alleged assailant, identified as Joseph Hoenshell, 22, walking down the street nearby. Officers said he had a bloody nose, red marks on his neck and swollen knuckles. Asked what had happened, Hoenshell “was unable to form a sentence that made sense,” the arrest affidavit said.

Hoenshell was booked into the Davis County Jail in Farmington on suspicion of aggravated assault, assault, intoxication and disorderly conduct.

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