Jefferson County Man Accused of Choking, Slapping Woman

GASKILL TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Jefferson Couty man is behind bars after he allegedly choked and slapped a woman following an altercation in Gaskill Township.

Court documents indicate Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 34-year-old Timothy Eugene States, of Punxsutawney.

The charges stem from an altercation that allegedly occurred at a residence on Lodge Lane in Gaskill Township, Jefferson County, around 10:14 p.m. on Saturday, June 8.

According to a criminal complaint, filed by Trooper O’Rourke, of PSP Punxsutawney, Timothy Eugene States and the known female victim engaged in a verbal altercation that led outside of the residence where States allegedly shoved the victim to the ground and began to strangle her with his right hand. When the victim screamed, States allegedly slapped her across the face with his left hand.

Once the victim was back on her feet, she returned to the residence and locked the door while States was still outside. States then allegedly kicked the door, breaking the frame and gaining entry to the residence. He then confronted the victim, who pushed him away, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, States began choking the victim a second time inside the residence, causing injuries to the victim’s neck including a visible scratch, red marks, and bruising.

Based on the investigation, States was placed in custody, and the following charges were filed through Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office on Sunday, June 9:

– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Unable to post $40,000.00 monetary bail (10%), States was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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