Woman in 911 call claims Browns offensive line coach tried to strangle her

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BEREA, Ohio - A woman who said she was the fiancée of suspended Browns offensive line coach Andy Moeller called Berea police to report he tried to strangle her and beat her.

In a frantic, and often breathless, 911 call placed Saturday around 9 p.m., the woman, visiting from Maryland, said she was walking away from Moeller's home after an argument became physical.

"The man... has just tried to strangle me and beat me up, and I'm leaving the premises, and I have to get out of here quickly," the caller said. "I kept telling him to stop and not to hurt me. I kept saying 'Stop.' At least I got out of the house."

When asked about her relation to Moeller, the woman told the dispatcher, "He's my fiancé. Well, not anymore, though."

She said Moeller had been drinking beer before the altercation and said he had been violent toward her in the past.

"I hate to do this to him, but ya know what? I'm glad I made it out of there in time," she said.

According to an incident report, Berea police met the woman on Eastland Road, near Moeller's home. They interviewed Moeller and "There were conflicting stories of what had occurred. There were no initial injuries observed."

The Berea Police Department redacted the names of the people involved, as well as Moeller's address, citing the suspect has not yet been charged.

In the 911 call, the woman expressed concern she would miss her flight back to Maryland because of the incident. The report states officers took her to a Middleburg Heights hotel, and she called back a few hours later to report she did have an injury that hadn't been visible earlier and she signed a complaint.

Then, at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, the report stated she again called police and, "The victim stated she now wanted to drop the assault charge."

Berea City Prosecutor Jim Walters said in a statement released Tuesday he is reviewing the police report to determine if charges are warranted, and the review will likely take several days. Berea police have not yet responded to a public records request by FOX 8 News for police body camera video of the incident.

"Since this is an ongoing investigation, and since no charges have been made at this time, no further information from the police report and no further investigative material will be released," Walters said in the statement.

The Browns abruptly suspended Moeller Monday. In a statement, the team said it takes the allegations seriously.

"We have followed our internal protocol, determining that right now it is best for the team and for Andy to take time away from the organization to focus on his personal matters," the statement from the Browns said.

Head coach Mike Pettine said assistant offensive line coach George DeLeone and senior assistant coach Kurt Roper will step up during Moeller's indefinite suspension.

Moeller did not respond when asked for comment by FOX 8 News outside his home Tuesday afternoon.

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