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Clarion Man Allegedly Attempts to Strangle Woman During Domestic Dispute

Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 01:07 AM

Posted by Scott Shindledecker

arrestedPORTER TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion man has been accused of attempting to strangle a woman during a domestic dispute.

According to court documents, Clarion-based State Police filed criminal charges against 23-year-old Christopher Lee Wyant, of Clarion.

According to a criminal complaint, around 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, State Trooper Mesing responded to Himes Road in Porter Township for a domestic incident.

When Trooper Mesing arrived on the scene, the woman had left the area on foot. After speaking with Christopher Wyant, Trooper Mesing drove him home, the complaint states.

Later that night, the woman called the station and related she was at her residence in Dennis Trailer Court. No one was at the trailer when troopers arrived, and a few hours later, the woman called the station and related she would be home in about 15 minutes. She was asked to come to the station, the complaint indicates.

When the woman arrived at the station, she was given a custodial statement and her Marinda warnings. Trooper Mesing explained to her that she had a domestic violence warrant for her arrest for her involvement in the incident, the complaint continues.

The woman said she understood her rights and agreed to provide police with a written statement. The woman related she picked Wyant up at a grocery store and then took him to the liquor store in Clarion. The woman related she then drove down to Himes Road and parked.  After about three hours, the woman related that Wyant “got real emotional after she read him a text from her husband,” according to the complaint.

The woman stated that Wyant then started beating himself and striking himself in the face. The woman related she tried to stop Wyant from hitting himself, but he grabbed her arm. At one point, she got Wyant out of the car, and she locked herself inside the car. The woman said “Wyant jumped onto the roof of her car denting the roof and he was still yelling and screaming, so she unlocked the car doors,” the complaint states.

The woman and Wyant were outside the vehicle, and he allegedly grabbed her and threw her to the ground and was on top of her. He was “kneeing her all over her legs and then placed his arm over her throat, and she could not breathe,” according to the complaint.

The woman said that she managed to get away and left. She had a small bruise on the side of her neck and a few bruises on her arms, the complaint indicates.

Based on the investigation, Wyant faces the following charges:

- Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Misdemeanor 2
- Criminal Mischief – Damage Property, Misdemeanor 2
- Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

According to court documents, Wyant is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

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