I.F. man arrested for assaulting woman


An Idaho Falls man was arrested early Thursday morning after admitting to police he assaulted a woman.

Clifton Kerbs, 33, told an Idaho Falls Police Department officer he held the victim down. The victim said Kerbs choked her, and the officer found red marks on her neck.

Both Kerbs and the victim said they were arguing when he took her phone away, tearing her fingernail in the process, according to a court affidavit. Kerbs then reportedly dragged the woman by her shirt collar into the bedroom, where he attempted to strangle her.

When Kerbs let the victim up, she texted her sister about what happened and asked her to call for help. Kerbs found her texting and took the phone again. When the victim refused to tell him her password, Kerbs reportedly threw the phone at the victim hard enough that it became lodged into the wall.

Investigators found injuries on the victim’s finger and neck, a broken shelf in the bedroom, and the hole in the wall created by the phone.

Kerbs was arrested and charged with attempted strangulation, punishable with up to 15 years in prison. He was released Thursday to pretrial services after his arraignment. A no-contact order has been issued between him and the victim.

A no-contact order hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. April 25 in Bonneville County Courthouse. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. the same day.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.