Tyrone man arrested for choking woman


A Tyrone man is in jail after police say he assaulted and choked his girlfriend.

Richard Updike Jr., 47, faces two felony charges of strangulation along with misdemeanor charges that include simple assault after an argument over sex allegedly turned violent, according to charges filed by Tyrone police.

Updike had fled when Tyrone police were dispatched to the couple’s home on the 1300 bock of Pennsylvania Avenue just after 9 p.m. Monday. His girlfriend told officers the couple had argued all evening and when Updike insisted they have sex about 9 p.m. and she refused, he allegedly got angry.

Police noted the woman said Updike became “physically aggressive” and then back-handed her in the face before shoving her head against a wall. It was then he covered her mouth so she couldn’t breathe as she unsuccessfully struggled to get free, police said.

Updike also grabbed the woman around the neck and strangled her until she couldn’t breathe.

Although Updike left the home before police arrived, he was later taken into custody when he returned home.

Police said Updike had a small amount of marijuana in his pocket when he was arrested.

Updike was jailed in lieu of the $25,000 cash bail set by Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones on Tuesday morning.

A preliminary hearing is slated for March 3 in Tyrone District Court.