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Police: Joliet man slaps, strangles girlfriend after she doused him with water

Drew J. Gallagher
Drew J. Gallagher

JOLIET – A Joliet man allegedly attacked his girlfriend after she threw water on him during an argument, police said.

On Sunday afternoon, a 25-year-old woman and her live-in boyfriend, Drew J. Gallagher, 22, of the 2300 block of White Birch Lane in Joliet, got into an argument at her apartment, Joliet police Capt. Bruce Larson said in an email.

The argument escalated when the woman threw water on Gallagher and he responded by allegedly pushing, slapping and choking her to the point of restricting her ability to breathe, Larson said.

The woman reportedly defended herself by biting Gallagher on the arm. She tried to leave but Gallagher refused to allow her to leave so she retreated to a restroom, where she called the police, police said.

When officers arrived, she was outside of her apartment and they were approached by Gallagher, police said. The officers saw that the woman had injuries to her neck, lip and left finger and Gallagher had a bruise on his left arm consistent with being bitten, police said.

Gallagher was arrested on charges of aggravated domestic battery and interfering with a report of domestic violence. He was booked into the Will County jail and his bond was set at $7,500, of which 10 percent is needed to post bail.

Gallagher posted bail and was released from custody after midnight Tuesday.

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