Brookville Man Charged With Knocking Woman Down, Choking Her Waives Hearing

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville man waived his hearing on Tuesday on charges related to an incident where he allegedly knocked a woman to the ground and choked her during a dispute.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 32-year-old Michael Anthony Baker were waived for court on Tuesday, June 8:

– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2 (two counts)
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (three counts)
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (two counts)

The charges have been transferred to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

Baker is currently free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred in Young Township in May.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 8:43 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, a known victim got into a verbal argument with Michael Anthony Baker at a location in Young Township, Jefferson County, which led to Baker spitting on the victim.

The complaint states the victim then spit back at Baker and walked away, going toward Baker’s pedal bike, and saying she was going to “do something to it.”

According to the complaint, Baker then grabbed the victim’s arm, hooked his foot around her foot, and shoved her to the ground. He then put his arm around the victim’s neck and squeezed until she could not breathe.

The complaint states Baker then grabbed the victim’s purse, dumped it on the ground, and shoved the victim to the ground a second time. He then allegedly put his arm around her neck and squeezed again, harder than the first time.

According to the complaint, when the victim attempted to gather her belongings, Baker grabbed a garden rake and flung dirt on the victim and her things. The victim then gathered her things and “said something” to Baker while walking away, at which point he reportedly struck her with the rake.

The complaint notes the victim suffered bruising to her right thigh and right shoulder and scratches to her left ankle.

Baker was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Douglas Robert Chambers at 12:15 a.m. on May 23.

Unable to post $50,000.00 (6%) monetary bail, he was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

He was released on June 8 after his bail was reduced and his bail type was changed to unsecured.

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