Man arrested after choking woman on bed in Somerset County

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SOMERSET, Pa. (WTAJ) — A 30-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly choked a Somerset woman on a bed.

Police report that Frank Petrucelli III was taken into custody June 28 after he was accused of pushing a woman onto her bed and choking her at a West Main Street home in Somerset. When the woman tried to defend herself with a baton, Petrucelli reportedly took it from her and used it to apply more pressure to the left side of her neck.

Petrucelli, listed as a transient with no known address, was taken into custody and arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Johnson on felony aggravated assault and strangulation. He’s also charged with simple assault, a misdemeanor.

Petrucelli was placed in Somerset County Prison, unable to post the $15,000 bail.

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