City woman faces assault charges

Eckenrod accused of strangling family member

An Altoona woman is accused of strangling and physically assaulting a family member Friday evening.

Buffy Jo Eckenrod, 43, of 2007 Eighth Ave., allegedly had the victim in a chokehold during an argument at the residence, according to a police criminal complaint.

Altoona police said the victim was cooking when Eckenrod came into the residence intoxicated. Eckenrod then removed food from the victim’s hand, throwing it into the sink, before the victim took Eckenrod’s cellphone into the living room and held it in the air while the two argued.

Eckenrod reportedly grabbed the victim’s neck, pushed her into a chair, causing her to be unable to breathe and to become dizzy.

Both the victim and Eckenrod fell to the ground when Eckenrod removed her hand from the victim’s throat, but she still had hold of the victim’s hair, the complaint states. A witness separated Eckenrod and the victim.

When the victim called 911, Eckenrod fled the residence on foot in an unknown direction, police said, before returning and being placed into custody.

Police observed an abrasion and redness on the right side of the victim’s neck.

Eckenrod was arraigned Saturday morning in front of Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson. She has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. May 1 in front of Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Jones.

She has an unsecured bail of $7,500.

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