Police: man stabbed after assaulting, choking his estranged wife

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica man has been charged after authorities say he choked his estranged wife, causing her to stab him with a kitchen knife in defense.

Officers with the New Hartford Police Department responded to a Matthew Drive residence in the Applewood Community for a domestic dispute, speaking with Loree Larken-Hill, 45 when they arrived on the scene. Larkin-Hill told officers that earlier in the evening her husband, Michael Hill, 36, of Utica, had stopped by her house.

While the two are still married, she told officers they are currently separated and that when Hill was visiting, the two got into an argument over relationship issues. She went on to tell police that during the argument, Hill put his hand around her throat and pushed her up against the refrigerator.

Larkin-Hill said that once she was pinned up against the refrigerator, Hill began to choke her to the point where she could no longer breathe. She said that at this point, she grabbed a kitchen knife from the butcher block on the counter and stabbed Hill in his right arm to stop him from choking her.

She added that the two then fought over the knife until Hill squeezed and twisted her hand until she dropped the knife. Hill then left the residence prior to police arriving on scene.

Police say Hill was located shortly after at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica where he received treatment for a stab wound to his right shoulder.

Larkin-Hill was transported to St. Luke's Hospital where she received treatment for a broken left hand and a minor stab wound to her leg which was self-inflicted during the struggle over the knife, police said.

After an investigation of the crime scene and interviewing both parties, police say Michael Hill was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and assault.

He was arraigned in Town of New Hartford Court and released on his own recognizance.

Police say The investigation is still ongoing and further charges may be filed.

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