City man accused of assault

Spangler allegedly strangled woman

A city man is in jail after police say he strangled his ex-girlfriend until she lost consciousness and then assaulted a neighbor who tried to intervene.

Derek S. Spangler, 31, of 522 E. Atlantic Ave., was holding the woman down at the bottom of a staircase in the common area of an apartment building on the 1200 block of 13th Avenue when Altoona police officers responded about 3 a.m. Friday, according to the charges.

Officers kicked the door open, took Spangler into custody and were told by a woman and her neighbor that Spangler had strangled his ex-girlfriend to the point she passed out and also attacked a neighbor who showed up to help after the ex-girlfriend pounded on the floor of her apartment during the alleged assault.

The ex-girlfriend told police that Spangler showed up drunk at her apartment and started yelling at her when he looked in her phone and found she had been talking to another man.

Spangler allegedly pulled the woman onto the floor and choked her until she lost consciousness. She said he then put his mouth to hers to perform CPR and so she pushed him off, rolled away from him and pounded on the floor.

Not long after that, her neighbor started knocking on her door and Spangler opened the locked door for the woman. While the neighbor was with Spangler’s ex-girlfriend in the bedroom, he allegedly attacked the neighbor while his ex-girlfriend called 911.

Police alleged Spangler then took his ex-girlfriend’s phone, as well as money, and tried to leave. When the ex-girlfriend attempted to get her phone back from Spangler, he allegedly grabbed her by the hair and dragged her and hit her with the cellphone.

Police said Spangler dragged the woman down the stairs by her hair, dropped the money and tossed her phone up the stairs just before police arrived.

Spangler allegedly struggled with officers when they tried to put him in handcuffs and kicked the inside of the patrol vehicle’s door after he was placed inside.

A Suboxone strip was allegedly found in his wallet after his arrest, police said.

Spangler faces a felony strangulation charge along with multiple counts of resisting arrest and simple assault, as well as a single count of drug possession.

Spangler was lodged in the Blair County Prison in lieu of $20,000 cash bond set by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at Central Court before Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones.