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LAPD officer charged with attempted murder allegedly choked, tied up wife

An LAPD officer charged with attempted murder this week threatened to kill and then choked his estranged wife until she passed out, prosecutors said.

Jose Robert Figueroa, 29, was charged Wednesday with three felony counts: attempted murder, injury to a spouse and making criminal threats, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

If convicted of all the charges, prosecutors said, he faces a life sentence.

Figueroa, who is being held in lieu of $2.5-million bail, is scheduled to be arraigned June 4. A bail hearing is set for Friday.

In a criminal complaint filed this week, prosecutors allege Figueroa committed crimes Sunday "under circumstances involving domestic violence."

Figueroa went to his wife's Inglewood apartment that day and threatened to kill her, the district attorney's office said in a statement. He then allegedly choked her until she passed out.

"When she awoke, she was tied up," the statement said.

The woman called authorities, district attorney's spokesman Ricardo Santiago said, and the officer turned himself in at LAPD's Newton station, where he was assigned.

Online jail records show he was arrested by Inglewood police at 1:45 a.m. Monday and booked about a half-hour later. Inglewood police did not immediately return calls or emails from The Times.

LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said an internal investigation into Figueroa began immediately after he was arrested. The officer has been removed from the field and assigned to home, Smith said.

Department records showed he had been with the LAPD since June 2007.

Court records show the couple married in 2006 and have a child. Figueroa filed for divorce in April, citing irreconcilable differences.

Figueroa's wife spoke to KTLA-TV about the allegations, saying her husband tried to strangle her. She told the television station that she reported the alleged attack to set a strong example for her son, who is 6.

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