Altoona man held in assault

Jared V. Williams faces charges of choking woman

A city man is in jail after police said he choked and assaulted his girlfriend.

Jared V. Williams, 29, is accused of strangling and then punching his girlfriend about 12:45 p.m. Saturday at their 1927 13th Ave. home, according to charges by Altoona police.

Police allege Williams had locked his girlfriend out of their bedroom, and after she was able to get in the room, Williams pushed her and then put her in a chokehold.

Williams only choked her a short period of time before he let her go, but then Williams punched her in the face after he walked outside and kicked the door of her car, leaving several dents.

When Williams fled on an ATV, his girlfriend and her father tracked him to a friend’s house along the 900 block of 28th Street, police said.

Altoona police were re­routed to the 900 block of 28th Street, and when an officer knocked on the door, Wil­liams allegedly fled across the roof and down the alley.

Police said Williams was spotted on the roof by his girlfriend’s father and the man chased Williams and returned him to officers back at the house.

Williams is charged with felony strangulation and flight to avoid prosecution as well as misdemeanor counts of simple assault and criminal mischief.

Bail was set at $7,5000 cash by Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson, and Williams was lodged in Blair County Pris­on. A preliminary hearing at Central Court is set for Aug. 22.