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Alleah Taylor, after going through a traumatic attack and being hospitalized, breaks her silence and interviews with CBS to recount her experience.
Last month, on the night of Wheeler’s arrest, he reportedly viciously attacked Taylor in her bedroom and strangled her twice until she lost consciousness. She told police Wheeler then threw her on the bed, choking her and trying to smother her. She said she began to lose consciousness and tried to fight back, but Wheeler grabbed her arm and twisted it. After she had escaped to the bathroom, she reached out to friends and family to call 911. When officers arrived on the scene, Taylor began to scream while Wheeler allegedly began apologizing to her, telling police, “I don’t beat women!” Taylor later told investigators that she was attacked after Wheeler asked her to bow to him, which she refused.
Wheeler was then arrested in Kent, Washington, and charged with first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence, unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest. He was released on a $400,000 bail and pleaded not guilty. He was also removed from his team Seattle Seahawks.
In an exclusive interview with CBS, Taylor recalled the moments after the assault at the couple’s Seattle-area apartment:
“I had touched my face, and I looked down and there was — there’s blood on my hand. And I remember getting up and running to the bathroom. Chad was standing by the bed, by the doorway, and he was sipping his smoothie. And he was, like, ‘Wow, you’re still alive.’ I’m grateful he didn’t grab me in that moment. I was able to run to the bathroom. He went back into the living room to continue eating. I had texted his dad too, and told him that Chad was trying to kill me. And showed him a picture. Chad’s dad called him while he was eating, and while I was in the bathroom. And he answered. And he didn’t have any worry at all, and Chad was, like, ‘I’m just eating dinner. Nothing’s going on.’ And that terrified me.”
The injuries she suffered during the attack will require treatment for the rest of her life. Wheeler is facing up to 12 years in prison if convicted on domestic violence charges, and his trial starts in April.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org.