Lafayette man arrested for assault after strangling, threatening wife, police say

A Lafayette man is facing a felony charge of criminal attempt of first-degree assault, among other charges, after he allegedly strangled his wife and threatened her when she called police.

Thomas Matthew Cendrowski, 33, was arrested on suspicion of criminal attempt of first-degree assault, third-degree assault, menacing, criminal mischief, child abuse, false imprisonment and domestic violence on Thursday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Cendrowski and his wife got into an argument on May 20 and he strangled her and then put her in a headlock. His wife told police he also broke her cellphone so she couldn‘t call police.

When he left the house, the alleged victim called the police. Cendrowski quickly came back and, according to the affidavit, told her to get rid of the cops or he would “give them a real reason to take him to jail.” He then went into the children‘s bedroom.

His wife told police it was a misunderstanding and they left. On Tuesday, she allegedly found the house “ransacked” as though someone had burglarized it and broken things. Cendrowski said he was looking for his s, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police she was afraid to make a report because she felt Cendrowski would hurt or kill her or her children. According to the report, she said he has an “explosive temper.”

Colorado court records show that he has a previous felony conviction for criminal mischief, as well as open cases for cruelty to animals and possession of a controlled substance.

Cendrowski was taken to Boulder County Jail and is being held on a cash bond of $5,000. He is scheduled to appear in court for a formal filing of charges on Wednesday.

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