Police: Man choked, assaulted girlfriend

A city man faces charges after police say he choked and assaulted his girlfriend.

Douglas W. Grissinger, 33, of 124 23rd Ave., was arrested on felony strangulation and misdemeanor simple assault charges Sunday after his girlfriend showed up at the Altoona Police Department with visible injuries, including a swollen right eye, a bruised left eye, scratches on her arms and multiple bruises on her back, ribs, shoulder blades and neck, according to the charges.

Police alleged Grissinger assaulted his girlfriend and choked her after the two argued over text messages he allegedly sent to other women. Grissinger allegedly held his hand over the woman’s nose and mouth before he grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into a bedroom. Police said Grissinger threw the woman into a wall by her hair so that she struck her head and after she slumped to the floor, he allegedly punched her in the head several times.

Grissinger allegedly choked his girlfriend after she got off the floor and got on the bed. After the alleged assault, Grissinger fell asleep and the woman called a friend to pick her up, police added.

Grissinger posted 10 percent of the $15,000 bail set by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for

Sept. 25 at Central Court.