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April 8, 2014

Man jailed in alleged choking incident

NEW CASTLE — A Mahoningtown man is in the Lawrence County jail for allegedly trying to choke and smother a woman.

New Castle police said that after the alleged incident, they had to chase Patrick Wayne Bailey Jr., 28, of 617 Newell Ave., on foot through the city’s South Side in order to catch him.

They were called to an apartment at Steinbrink Place around 3 a.m. Friday, where a woman told them she and Bailey had gotten into an argument over Facebook. She said he had grabbed her by her neck, choked her and covered her mouth and nose with his hand to prevent her from breathing.

She told police she had tried to get away from him, fell on the bed and grabbed for a knife she keeps between her mattresses but was unable to use it because he had overpowered her. She told officers she crawled into a walk-in closet where Bailey got on top of her, choked her again and covered her mouth and nose with his hands. She said she “played dead” so he would stop assaulting her and he dragged her out of her closet by her legs.

As she lay in the middle of the bedroom floor, still playing dead, she told police, Bailey grabbed her head and repeatedly slammed it on the bedroom floor. She also told police that he removed her clothing and she gasped and “pretended to come back to life.”

She told officers Bailey was crying and she got away from him and called 911.

Police said the woman’s face and nose were bleeding when they arrived and she had a cut on her lip. She told police that at one point, Bailey had struck her in the face.

Officers said they had found a book bag belonging to Bailey in the apartment and a pair of jeans in the bag had a suspected crack pipe in the pocket.

The woman was taken to the hospital.

According to police, Bailey denied any physical contact between the two of them. They noted he had numerous scratches on his face and arms.

Bailey is charged with criminal attempt at homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and harassment.

He was arraigned before District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set his bond at $100,000. A preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

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