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Man who strangled, punched woman booked for attempted murder

Man who strangled, punched woman booked for attempted murder

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Aug. 24, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — A man who police say attacked a woman who had just arrived in her driveway, was arrested for investigation of attempted murder.

About 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, a 23-year-old woman had just arrived at her home, near 1900 South and 700 East. A man approached her as she was getting out of her car and said he wanted to talk to her, said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson.

Instead, he punched her in the face without warning.


Police do not believe the two know each other and are unsure about a motive for the crime.

As the woman tried to get out of her vehicle to call 911, the man sat in the driver's seat with his legs still outside the vehicle, Josephson said. The woman then closed the door on his legs.

That prompted the man to get out of the car, punch the woman in the face again and start to strangle her, the sergeant said. Neighbors heard the woman's screams and came to her aid. Salt Lake police officers, who were nearby, were also called.

Daniel Pasca, 44, did not attempt to flee when officers arrived. He was arrested without incident and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of attempted murder. Josephson said Pasca is a transient who police have dealt with before, but never for something as serious as this.

Police do not believe the two know each other and are unsure about a motive for the crime.

Email:preavy@ksl.com

Pat Reavy

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