Man arrested after argument turns to punching

By From page A6 | January 23, 2013

A man was arrested Sunday after allegedly punching both his wife and son after an argument near Sierra at Tahoe.

Although it was “debatable who punched who first,” said Lt. Tim Becker of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Philip Ostrander, 34, was arrested for alleged spousal battery and willful cruelty to a child.

According to the official report, Ostrander’s 34-year-old wife stopped the car they were traveling in after they got into an argument and Ostrander punched her several times. The couple’s 14-year-old son tried to restrain Ostrander, but was punched in the face twice.

The wife left the car, but Ostrander alleged followed her and pushed her into a snow bank, Becker said. She was able to contact the resort’s security, who filed a report with EDSO.

The son complained of pain on his face, while the wife “sustained bruising, scrapes and had complaints of pain,” according to the daily media log. Both the wife and son declined medical treatment.

Ostrander was subsequently arrested. He remains in jail on $40,000 bail.

Cole Mayer

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