Port Angeles man arrested for attempted strangulation

Judge issues two no-contact orders to protect victims

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man accused of attempting to strangle a minor will be back in Clallam County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on June 2 to enter a plea.

William D. Stroup, 44, of Port Angeles faces one count of second-degree assault—strangulation with special allegation—domestic violence.

It is a Class B felony, punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

Stroup appeared in court Tuesday. Two non-contact orders also were entered to protect the victims.

The state had requested $75,000 bail. Judge Simon Barnhart reduced it to $50,000, but he restored it to $75,000 after Stroup became verbally abusive. Stroup later made bail and was released.

According to the arrest report included in the court documents, a Port Angeles police officer was dispatched to a Child Protective Services referral on May 18. The officer interviewed the subject of the referral, and the victim described being choked along with a second victim.

On May 19, the victim was evaluated for a neck injury at Olympic Medical Center and was determined to have “soft tissue injury of the neck.”

Stroup was arrested at his workplace on Monday.


Reporter Brian Gawley can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 55650, or at brian.gawley@ soundpublishing.com.