New Castle News

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January 15, 2014

Man facing assault charges

NEW CASTLE — A West Side man was arrested for allegedly beating up his girlfriend and trying to strangle her.

New Castle police charged Dana Thomas Matthews, 29, of 733 Altman Road, in connection with the incident, which occurred Friday.

Police said the woman suffered red marks, bruises and swelling on her chest, neck and face. She told police that Matthews had pushed her onto the bed and began strangling her until she felt she might lose consciousness.

She said he punched her below her right eye, and about six times behind her left ear. She said as she tried to leave his house, he ripped her clothes from her and prevented her from leaving. She said she ran from the house and called the police.

She refused medical treatment.

Matthews faces one count each of aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment under the domestic violence act.

He was arraigned by District Judge David B. Rishel, who released him on a nonmonetary bond, pending a preliminary hearing Thursday.

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