Three men facing charges for attempted strangulation

Nathan Shade Soper


BY KENDRA EVENSEN
kevensen@journalnet.com

Three men are facing attempted strangulation charges for unrelated incidents that occurred in Idaho Falls and Bingham County over the weekend.

Idaho Falls resident Nathan Shade Soper, 41, and Shelley resident Stephen John Sanders, 61, are both facing domestic battery and attempted strangulation charges; Blackfoot resident Bob Edward Hite, 38, is also facing an attempted strangulation charge.

Idaho Falls police arrested Soper on Sunday following a physical disturbance on the 2400 block of Pumice Drive around 4 p.m.

The 33-year-old victim told police that Soper punched her in the face while she was sleeping; he then followed her into the living room and allegedly struck her again, according to a news release. The victim then went back into the bedroom and he, following, allegedly tried to strangle her after she pushed him away.

The woman told police that she got away from Soper, and he then left the apartment. He was arrested when he returned, according to the news release, which adds that the couple had been arguing at the time of the incidents.

Bingham County Sheriff’s officials didn’t release many details on Monday about the incidents that occurred there over the weekend. Capt. Mark Cowley did say Sanders was arrested on Saturday following a disturbance involving his ex-wife. That incident occurred around 3:45 a.m. in the area of 1100 E. 1400 N. near Shelley.

Hite was arrested in an unrelated incident that occurred around 10 p.m. on Saturday in the area of 200 N. 1300 W. near Rockford, Cowley said, adding that that incident also involved a spouse.