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City man accused of assaulting girlfriend

Bussey allegedly punched woman, used necklace to strangle her

A city man is behind bars on charges he assaulted and strangled his girlfriend.

Khalil D. Bussey, 25, of Altoona was arrested Thursday by Altoona police and charged with felony strangulation and aggravated assault, along with misdemeanor terroristic threats and simple assault stemming from allegations that Bussey punched his girlfriend the night of Jan. 18 before he dragged her around their home and then used her necklace to strangle her.

According to to the charges filed by Altoona police, Bussey got behind the woman and pulled on her thick chain necklace while telling her he would kill her if she went to the police. Bussey then put the woman in a choke hold until she blacked out, police allege.

The incident ended when the woman got away from Bussey and ran outside to seek help from neighbors. She didn’t call police that night and when police spoke to the woman Thursday afternoon, she told them she didn’t want to talk to them. Police said the woman told them that even if Bussey was arrested, he’d have someone kill her while he was in jail and he had previously threatened to kill anyone she ever had a relationship with if she ever left him. Police said it was apparent from talking to the woman that she was afraid of Bussey.

When police spoke to her Thursday, she had a bruise under her chin along with red marks around her neck from the necklace where Bussey allegedly choked her. The woman also had a large bruise on her leg near her ankle, and her leg was swollen, she told police, from being dragged around the house. Police said there were medical records that also showed injuries to the woman that she allegedly revealed to a nurse before police arrived to speak with her.

Bussey was taken into custody Thursday afternoon and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller, who set bail at $75,000 cash. Bussey remains in Blair County Prison and is slated to appear at Central Court on Wednesday for his preliminary hearing.

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