Helena man accused of strangling woman, stabbing himself in the leg
A 29-year-old Helena man is accused of strangling a woman and stabbing himself in the leg.
Mark Aaron Sherwood is charged with felony strangulation of a partner or family member and misdemeanor partner or family member assault.
On July 26, a Helena police officer responded to a call about a man who had allegedly been stabbed by his partner. When the officer arrived, the man, Sherwood, was sitting on the ground with a bandage wrapped around his leg.
Sherwood said he had been stabbed by the victim during an argument about a cellphone. Sherwood said the victim had punched him, grabbed his knife that was on his waistband and stabbed him in the leg. Sherwood eventually left the scene.
In a later interview, Sherwood did not mention the victim punched him. The officer then spoke with the victim, who agreed she and Sherwood had been arguing about a cellphone, but said Sherwood had strangled her during the argument, punched her in the face and stabbed himself in the leg.
Sherwood was arrested and taken into custody at the Lewis and Clark County Detention Center.
All charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Helena Police Department incidents reported Wednesday, July 31, 2019
- At 11:42 a.m., an officer responded to the 2700 block of Colonial for a report of an assault. At the conclusion of the investigation, a juvenile was cited for assault and released to a guardian.
- At 3:45 p.m., an officer responded to the 2700 block of Prospect for a report of a theft. At the conclusion of the investigation, a 22-year-old female was placed under arrest for two Municipal Court warrants and theft.
- At 4:18 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of Rodney for a report of a male at that location who had a warrant for their arrest. At the conclusion of the investigation, a 26-year-old male was placed under arrest for the warrant.
- At 6:54 p.m., an officer responded to the 2700 block of Colonial for a report of an assault. At the conclusion of the investigation, a juvenile was cited for assault and released to a guardian.
In the last 24 hours, officers responded to 100 calls for service, which included six accidents, two assaults, three reports of criminal mischief, four disorderly/disturbances, nine suspicious circumstances, 11 thefts or frauds, six trespassing and eight welfare checks.
As of Wednesday morning, the county jail held 105 inmates (93 for felonies and 12 for misdemeanors). In total, the county has 115 inmates at various detention facilities. There are 101 clients serviced by the 24/7 sobriety program. Of these, 65 are on PBT (Personal Breath Test), 28 are on SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor bracelet), four are on GPS, and four are on house arrest. Pretrial Services is currently working with 316 clients.