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Assault suspect taken into custody

A city man wanted by police for the alleged assault and strangulation of his girlfriend in late October was taken into custody Tuesday.

Andrew P. Sault, 25, was arrested Tuesday and arraigned on charges that include felony strangulation stemming from an alleged incident Oct. 30 on the 200 block of Fifth Avenue.

According to Altoona police, about 4:30 p.m., Sault and his girlfriend started arguing about breaking up and his moving out before the disagreement turned violent. Sault is accused of slapping the woman in the face multiple times after he pushed her onto a bed and pinned her down with his leg.

Sault allegedly spit in his girlfriend’s face at one point, ripped a door off its hinges and threw a television down a staircase.

Police said Sault also grabbed the woman by the throat with his left hand and slid her up the wall until her feet were off the floor. He also pointed a power drill, albeit without a drill bit attached, up to her face.

The woman got free after kicking Sault in the groin, and when police arrived, Sault had fled in a white Ford Taurus.

Sault was arraigned Tuesday night by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner and released on an unsecured $25,000 bond.

Sault is charged with felony strangulation and misdemeanor counts of simple assault.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 20.

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