Zachery Ty Bryan, 39, was arrested late on Friday in Eugene, Oregon, after a neighbor called to report a domestic dispute
Actor Zachery Ty Bryan, who played the oldest son on the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement, has been arrested after allegedly strangling his girlfriend following a night out at a club – just weeks after separating from his wife of 14 years.
Bryan, 39, was arrested late on Friday in Eugene, Oregon, after a neighbor called to report a domestic dispute.
According to a police report, Bryan’s girlfriend said the two of them were arguing when he wrapped his hands around her neck and squeezed, TMZ reported.
The girlfriend said that when she tried to call 911, Bryan tried to grab her phone away from her, and that she fled across the street to hide.
Arriving on the scene, cops found Bryan sitting outside his home and the girlfriend at the neighbor’s house.
Bryan was charged with strangulation, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree assault and interfering with making a report.
Bryan (second from left) played the oldest son on the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement
Bryan and wife of 14 years Carly Matros (seen together) had four children together, but on October 1 he announced that they were planning to separate after 14 years of marriage
Hours before his arrest on Friday, Bryan posted this photo of himself with four women in what appears to be a club, with vodka and Red Bull flowing, captioned ‘Good night’
On Saturday afternoon, Bryan remained in custody at the Lane County Jail, and it was not immediately clear if he had an attorney to speak on his behalf.
The alleged victim in the case is believed to be a new girlfriend, and not Bryan’s estranged wife, who lives in California.
Hours before his arrest in Oregon, Bryan posted a photo of himself with four women in what appears to be a club.
In front of the smiling group sits a bottle of vodka and a bucket full of Red Bulls on ice.
The caption to the photo reads: ‘Good night,’ adding the emoji of a face savoring delicious food.
Bryan was a main cast member of Home Improvement for the series’ eight-season run from 1991 to 1999.
Zachery Ty Bryan (left), Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Taran Noah Smith are seen at the 1993 Kid’s Choice Awards
Bryan is seen with co-star Tim Allen in a 1992 episode of Home Improvement
On October 1, Bryan posted this message on Instagram announcing his intention to separate from his wife of 14 years, Carly Matros.
He portrayed Brad Taylor, the eldest son of Tim Taylor (Tim Allen), even though he was one month younger than Jonathan Taylor Thomas, who played his younger brother Randy.
His character was known for experimenting with different hair styles, as well as being the child who most frequently got in trouble.
He was lauded in the role, winning the 1999 Young Artist Award for leading young actor.
In more recent years, he has turned his hand to producing horror films, and his production credits include Dark Tourist and Prowl.
A promoter of cryptocurrency, he was also the executive producer of the documentary BIT X BIT: In Bitcoin We Trust.
Bryan is a father of four with his wife Carly Matros. The couple were high school sweethearts and married in 2007 — but moved to separate just weeks ago.
On October 1, just two weeks before his arrest, Bryan took to Instagram to announce that he and Matros intended to separate after 14 years of marriage.
‘Almost Fourteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage,’ he wrote in a caption to a photo of the couple together.
‘As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority,’ Bryan continued.
‘We understand this news lends itself to public dialogue, but in the interest of our children and our family, we’re asking for privacy, compassion and love during this time.’
The couple had lived together in Laguna Beach, California, where Matros is a successful real estate agent specializing in high-end residential properties.