Pinal Country Sheriff's deputies say Joshua Harrison punched his girlfriend in the face, knocked her to the ground and choked her for several seconds after an argument over a lottery ticket on Saturday night.
The woman told deputies she could not breathe and felt like her eyes were going to pop out of her head. She was reportedly able to get away when she kicked him in the groin area and ran into another bedroom.
A forensic nurse told police the woman's injuries are consistent with her story.
Harrison denied hitting or injuring the woman, but deputies say he had swelling and redness on his hands.
He was booked into jail on aggravated assault, Threatening and Intimidating, Criminal Damage and Disorderly Conduct charges.
On Sunday, Harrison was released, but the court ordered him to not return to the home or contact his girlfriend.
Later that day, detectives say they were driving the woman to a domestic violence shelter when Harrison called a detective's cell phone acting like he was the woman's brother.
Detectives went to the couple's home and say they found Harrison hiding in the woman's shower, trying to avoid arrest.
Harrison was re-booked into jail for violating the conditions of his release. He is being held on a $5,000 secured bond.