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Police: Brisbin man choked woman

CLEARFIELD — A Brisbin man is facing felony charges for allegedly strangling a woman.

Police say Jason Robert Potter, 37, argued with the victim in his residence on Feb. 14 before throwing a candy tin at a picture on the wall. The victim picked up a 4-year-old child and retreated to a bedroom.

Potter then reportedly threw a coffee maker toward her before shoving her through the bedroom doorway while she was still holding the child. The child hit its arm on the door jam, leaving a bruise, police said. The victim, still clutching the child, fell onto the bed. Potter then mounted the victim, slapping and punching her on both sides of her face, according to the report. Next he allegedly applied pressure to her neck with his forearm preventing her from breathing and causing her to feel as if she were going to pass out.

Potter is charged with felony counts of strangulation and endangering the welfare of children, as well as misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment. Potter waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court in Clearfield County, sending the case on to the Court of Common Pleas.

His bail was lowered from $75,000 to $75,000, unsecured but supervised, and he was released from the Clearfield County Jail, according to online court documents.

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