Man accused of domestic abuse

From Mirror staff reports

An Altoona man faces strangulation, assault and harassment charges for an alleged domestic abuse incident that occurred Wednes­day.

Allen R. Brumbaugh, 23, of 209 E. Maple Ave., is accused of pushing a woman into a wall and choking her to the point of “blacking out,” according to a police complaint.

The victim told police that Brumbaugh and she got into an argument and the altercation became physical.

Brumbaugh allegedly grabbed the victim by her neck and pushed her head into a wall twice and then grabbed her neck with his right hand and squeezed. The victim told police it was difficult to breathe and she began to “black out” before he let go of her neck.

The defendant then re­portedly left the residence when the victim went to a neighbor’s house for help.

Police observed swelling to the right side of the victim’s head and her “hoarse voice consistent with having a sore throat.”

When questioned by police, Brumbaugh allegedly told police the victim would not allow him to leave the bedroom and he “did what he had to do” to get away from her. He admitted to pushing the victim, but reportedly told police he could not remember if he put his hands around her neck.

Brumbaugh also said his actions were wrong and that he should never put his hands on a woman, stated the complaint.

The defendant allegedly told police he takes medications for anger management and has experienced a blackout during “a fit of rage.”

Brumbaugh is free on $25,000 unsecured bail. His pre­liminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 25 in front of Magisterial Dis­trict Judge Daniel DeAntonio.