Gang member arrested after he was found choking his girlfriend

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- A gang member is behind bars tonight after trying to strangle his girlfriend in Walla Walla.

Police arrested Steven Garcia after a domestic violence call. The police report states Garcia's girlfriend suffered severe bruising around her neck after being choked. We're told that Garcia has a lengthy criminal record. Getting another gang member off the streets may seem like a positive thing, but police tell us it can often bring on more violence.

Officer Tim Bennett says, "It's always great to get a violent criminal off the street, but we also worry about gang retaliation... Our patrol and gang units will be out with heightened alert."

Garcia is being held at the Walla Walla County jail on assault and domestic violence charges.