Choking victim still alive, officials say

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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A Vancouver woman reportedly choked by her husband Sunday morning is still alive, officials reported Tuesday.

Her husband, Gabriel Lomeli Orozco, 40, made his first appearance Monday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder. Prosecutors at the hearing said the victim, Maria Lomeli, was being kept alive on life support and could possibly die.

Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said Tuesday that Lomeli is still alive, though he did not know her condition. She is not listed as a patient in Southwest Washington Medical Center’s public directory.

Orozco is being held on $500,000 bail for allegedly choking Lomeli, 33, to the point that she lost consciousness following a Saturday night argument.

Orozco will be arraigned Friday.