Area Man Accused of Choking Woman, Throwing Phone At Her Causing Injury During Domestic Dispute

PUNXSUTAWNEY BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – An area man is facing charges for reportedly choking a woman and throwing a phone at her head causing injury during a domestic altercation.

Court documents indicate the Punxsutawney Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 27-year-old Zackery Reinard, of DuBois.

According to a criminal complaint, around 10:52 p.m. on May 5, Punxsutawney Borough Police were dispatched to a report of a domestic incident at a residence on Sycamore Street.

According to the complaint, the victim reported she and Zackery Reinard were fighting, and Reinard had thrown his cell phone at her head.

EMS were then called to the scene, and the victim was taken for evaluation of a laceration above her right eyebrow.

Police then spoke to Reinard. Blood was found on his hands and knuckles, and he was placed under arrest and questioned about the incident, the complaint notes.

According to the complaint, Reinard said he “snapped” and threw his phone at the victim “out of frustration.” He also reported he put his hands around her throat and pressed his thumbs into the front of her throat in front of two minor children.

Police also noted a “foul, rotting, garbage-type scent” coming from Reinhard’s apartment, saw “garbage everywhere, and dirt in the apartment,” as well as “piles of clothing stacked up that seemed to be dirty.”

Children and Youth Services (CYS) are being contacted for a follow-up on the conditions at the residence, as children reside there, the complaint indicates.

One count of simple assault was filed against Reinard through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock on Wednesday, May 6.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on May 19, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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