NORFOLK, Neb. -- A northeast Nebraska man is in custody after being accused of strangling a woman until she passed out Tuesday morning.

Around 1:00 a.m., Norfolk Police said they responded to a residence for a disturbance. 

According to officials, the 911 center received several calls from the address but no one would respond to the dispatcher. The dispatcher could hear a male voice in the background that sounded agitated as well as a female voice and a baby crying. 

Authorities said when they arrived in the 1300 block of Impala Drive, officers had contact with an adult female and 36-year-old Joseph Hoffart. 

Norfolk Police said the woman described that Hoffart returned from a bar intoxicated and started arguing with her.  He then struck her in the back of the head as she lay on the floor. She then retreated to the bedroom. Hoffart entered the bedroom and put his hand around her throat until she briefly passed out.

Officers said they also spoke to Hoffart about the assault and arrested him for third-degree domestic abuse and strangulation. He was housed in the Norfolk City Jail and later transferred to the Madison County Jail.