Police: City man strangled woman
Troutman arrested after altercation with girlfriend
Logan Township police charged an Altoona man with strangulation Tuesday, after police discovered injuries on his girlfriend’s neck and chest, a commonwealth criminal complaint said.
William A. Troutman Jr., 55, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Fred Miller on charges of felony strangulation, simple assault and harassment.
About 5 p.m., Troutman and his girlfriend — the mother of their 2-year-old child — allegedly got into a physical altercation, during which he pulled the woman’s hair, throwing her to the ground, police said.
Troutman held the woman down by placing his knee on her shoulder and chest, before mounting her and applying pressure to her throat until she lost consciousness, according to court documents.
Police said the woman had fresh, visible marks on her neck and chest as a result of Troutman’s attack.
Troutman previously pleaded guilty to assault charges in Blair County in 1994 and 2017.
Unable to post his $15,000 cash bail, he is jailed at the Blair County Prison.
Troutman’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 5 with Magisterial District Judge Matthew Dunio.
Mirror Staff Writer Ike Freregill is at 814-946-7458.