City man accused of strangulation

An Altoona man is in jail after he allegedly choked and assaulted his girlfriend.

After the alleged assault, the man told her, “I wouldn’t hurt you if I didn’t love or care about you.”

Franklin R. Brumbaugh Jr., 38, of 208 1/2 Seventh St., was arraigned Monday night on a charge of felony strangulation and misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats and simple assault stemming from an alleged incident at his home on Thursday in which his girlfriend claimed he choked her, scratched the inside of her mouth with his fingers while trying to stop her from screaming and knocked her unconscious with a punch to the face.

According to charges filed by Altoona police, Brumbaugh allegedly got upset about 9:30 p.m. Thursday while talking to his girlfriend in bed. Police said Brumbaugh became upset and became violent. After he started crying and walked out of the room, his girlfriend locked and barricaded the bedroom door with a dresser.

Brumbaugh allegedly threw himself against the bedroom door, and after he pushed it open and got in the room, he bit her hand, held his hand over her mouth and nose and then wrapped his arm around her neck until she started to lose consciousness.

Brumbaugh allegedly choked her a second time before he punched her in the face.

She told police her “lights went out” and when she came to, she was on her bed with Brumbaugh smearing ice cream on her face. At one point, Brumbaugh shoved his fingers in her mouth and threatened her.

When police spoke to the woman on Monday at UPMC Altoona, she had bruising on both arms and her right leg as well as under her chin and the blood vessels in her eye had broken.

Brumbaugh had his bail set at $15,000 cash by Magisterial District Judge Daniel DeAntonio, and he remains in Blair County Prison with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Sept. 18 at Central Court.