Cambria man faces strangulation charge

Woman’s co-workers noticed injuries

An Ashville man faces criminal charges, including felony strangulation, for allegedly assaulting a woman Sunday outside of a local VFW.

Joshua J. Crowley, 34, of 192 Maple St. is accused of attacking the woman after an argument, according to a criminal complaint filed Sunday by state police.

Police said the woman reported that she and Crowley were arguing outside of the VFW before she got inside of her car and drove toward Lilly.

Crowley allegedly followed the woman in a separate vehicle, until she pulled into a parking lot near the Burger Hut along Route 36, according to the complaint.

There, Crowley and the woman again argued, she told police.

But the woman reported that this time the argument turned physical, according to the complaint.

“The argument escalated when (Crowley) grabbed (the woman) by the neck area,” a state police trooper wrote in the complaint.

The woman told police Crowley then threw her to the ground.

According to the complaint, the woman was able to escape. She drove to her home, where she initially planned to call 911, police said.

“However, she was scared,” a trooper wrote. “She was in pain and noticed bruising on her neck, left arm and back.”

The woman went to work the following morning, where her co-workers noticed the injuries, according to the complaint, which notes that is when she decided to contact police.

The woman told police this was the first time Crowley physically attacked her.

The trooper noted that he too observed the woman’s injuries.

Online court documents show that Crowley faces criminal charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment.

He was arraigned Monday morning before Magisterial District Judge John Prebish Jr., and he is to appear for a preliminary hearing before Prebish at 1 p.m. March 14.

Crowley was freed on $30,000 unsecured bail.