FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Alaska State Troopers arrested Fairbanks resident Clinton A. Watson Monday on charges of kidnapping, assault on an unborn child, assault in the second degree, and robbery.
According to charging documents, Troopers received a call Sunday morning about an assault at LaQuinta Inn and Suites. At the scene, the victim informed troopers that Watson, 34, had become intoxicated before entering her room and assaulting her. Watson reportedly punched the victim -- who was pregnant at the time the statement was taken -- multiple times in the stomach. He also allegedly strangled her multiple times over the course of three hours, frequently causing her to believe that she was going to become unconscious.
According to the documents, Watson would not allow the victim to leave the room and would physically bring her back to the bed inside the room anytime she tried to walk towards the door. Watson also told the victim that he was going to take her phone and wallet and challenged her to call for help before calling her a “snitch”.
The victim was eventually able to leave the room when Watson was looking for her wallet, where she called for help from the Troopers.
Watson had fled by the time Troopers arrived at the scene. Troopers inspected the room where the incident had taken place and found blood and clumps of hair on the bed. They also noted defensive wounds on the victim, including red marks and bruising on both sides of her arms.
The victim informed Troopers that her phone and wallet, as well as a small black pistol which Watson always carried with him, were missing.
Troopers were able to locate Watson by checking with his local family in the area. Watson was read his rights over the phone and agreed to speak to Troopers. Upon arrival, Troopers found the victim’s phone in Watson’s possession but not her wallet. When Troopers questioned Watson, he denied the victim’s version of events and that any altercation had taken place. However, when confronted with threatening Facebook messages he had sent the victim, Watson offered no explanation. He was arrested on site without incident.
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