Man faces assault charges

(This story was updated on Monday, June 18).

An Altoona man faces strangulation, simple assault and harassment charges for allegedly choking his girlfriend.

Samuel Lalruatpuia, 21, of 107 E. Fifth Ave. reportedly choked his girlfriend on Monday after an argument between the two about cheating.

The argument escalated and the two began shoving each other in the kitchen. Lalruatpuia then ordered his girlfriend to leave the residence, according to the police complaint. When she refused and laid down on a mattress in the living room, Lalruatpuia reportedly straddled her, yelled and then “placed both hands around her throat and began to hold her down on the mattress.”

The police complaint states that the woman continually fought back during the encounter and was unable to breathe for five of the 10 seconds Lalruatpuia had his hands wrapped around her throat. Lalruatpuia let her go after she agreed to stop slapping and pushing Lalruatpuia.

The woman then called her mother to report what happened. Her mother called police afterward. Officers who responded to the scene noted red marks around her neck, and that her shirt was torn.

Lalruatpuia allegedly admitted to the choking, and officers said there was a “strong odor of an intoxicating beverage coming from his person.”

Lalruatpuia was arrestedfor domestic violence. Lalruatpuia is housed at Blair County Prison. Bail has been set at 10 percent of $30,000.

Lalruatpuia will have a preliminary hearing at

9 a.m. June 20 in front of Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio.