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Former Green Valley Ranch manager accused of choking girlfriend

Updated Monday, March 15, 2010 | 5:55 p.m.

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Timothy Wright

Former Green Valley Ranch general manager Timothy Wright was arrested Saturday, accused of choking his live-in girlfriend and pointing a gun at her head before firing the weapon in their Henderson home.

Wright, 41, allegedly tried to strangle his girlfriend because he thought she was going to leave him, according to a police report. Police say he aimed a Glock 40-caliber handgun at her head while she was on the couch, then moved the gun to the side and fired into the couch.

He was arrested in connection with domestic battery-strangulation and aiming a firearm at a person, then booked into the Henderson Detention Center.

According to the police report, when officers arrived at the home near Grand Hills and Seven Hills drives at about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, they found one bullet hole in the couch and another in a closet door.

Police confronted Wright in the street in front of his home. His girlfriend, who had been living with him for about a year, was inside a neighbor’s home, where she fled to after the alleged attack, police said.

According to the report, Wright and his girlfriend were sitting on the couch at about 7 p.m. Saturday when she began texting a friend. Wright asked her what she was doing, and when she refused to tell him, he accused her of trying to leave him, police said. He threw her phone on the floor, breaking it, the report said.

After Wright tried to strangle her and pointed the gun at her, the girlfriend took his gun, removed the magazine, and threw it into the backyard pool. She told police that Wright jumped into the pool to retrieve it.

Later that night, the girlfriend found the gun in the couple’s master bathroom, the report said. She told police that she believed the gun wasn’t loaded when she fired a shot into a closet.

According to the report, at one point the woman thought her dog had escaped and she went to look for it. While looking for the dog, she found a neighbor and asked for help finding the dog.

The neighbor invited her to come to his home if she felt unsafe. She later went to the neighbor’s home, where police were called, authorities said.

The girlfriend told police that both she and Wright were unemployed, which was the source of stress.

Henderson Justice Court records indicate Wright posted a combined $13,500 bond Monday and a check of Henderson Detention Center records indicated he isn’t being held.

Wright was fired from his job at Green Valley Ranch late last year. In February, GV Ranch Station Inc., the Station subsidiary that invested in Green Valley Ranch in partnership with affiliates of the Greenspun family, accused Wright of trying to extort Station Casinos by going public with false allegations about the movement of high-rollers from Green Valley Ranch to Red Rock unless he was paid an extra $162,500 in severance after he was terminated.

The Station subsidiary, GV Ranch Station, filed for bankruptcy in February. Greenspun family affiliate GCR Gaming has asked the court to dismiss the GV Ranch bankruptcy case so that GCR Gaming can pursue its claim that GV Ranch has mismanaged the resort. GV Ranch has denied the allegations of mismanagement, many of which originated with claims by Wright.

Station's partner in the resort is Greenspun family affiliate GCR Gaming LLC. The Greenspun family owns the Las Vegas Sun.