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Clarion Man Accused of Punching, Strangling Woman Due in Court Tomorrow

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

Justin TomonFARMINGTON TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion man accused of punching and strangling a woman during a dispute along State Route 66 is due in court this week.

Court documents indicate 32-year-old Justin Michael Tomon, of Clarion, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Timothy P. Schill at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, on the following charges:

  • Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 1
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 1
  • Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

According to a criminal complaint, around 11:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, a known female arrived at the Marienville-based State Police barracks to report that Justin Tomon had assaulted her.

The victim reported that she and Tomon were bar hopping around the Marienville area, and while traveling home, driving south on State Route 66, they began to argue. The victim said that Tomon pulled over and demanded that she exit his vehicle, and she complied, according to the complaint.

The victim stated that Tomon then drove off, but returned again a short time later, rolled down his window, and asked her for the house keys that were in her possession. She said that during the exchange of the keys, the argument escalated. Tomon exited the vehicle and grabbed her by the throat with both hands, applying pressure, the complaint indicates.

According to the complaint, the victim reported that Tomon then punched her with his closed left hand, striking her right cheek. She said that after striking her, Tomon grabbed her by the throat forcefully with both hands and continued to hold her by the throat.

The victim told police that she screamed for Tomon to let her go and attempted to contact her mother via phone. She reported that Tomon pushed her to the ground, causing an open abrasion to her right palm. The victim said that after she was pushed to the ground, a passing vehicle stopped to assist. The witnesses in the vehicle then transported her to the Marrienville-based State Police barracks.

The complaint notes that Trooper Bauer observed an open abrasion to the victim’s right palm, a red mark on the victim’s lower right wrist, and redness on the victim’s right cheek. Trooper Bauer also observed that her clothing was muddy, consistent with being on the ground.

The witnesses who gave the victim a ride were also interviewed. They reported that they were traveling north on State Route 66 when they witnessed a truck on the side of the road with a male and female outside on the passenger side of the vehicle. They both stated they heard a female screaming for help as they passed and turned around to assist, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, both of the witnesses reported observing the victim on the ground, screaming for help, and Tomon attempting to grab her. The female witness stated that she yelled at Tomon to leave the victim alone, and Tomon put his hands in the air and backed off. The witnesses then transported the victim to the state police barracks.

Tomon was arraigned at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, October 27, in Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey C. Miller’s office.

Unable to post $10,000.00 monetary bail, he was lodged in the Clarion County Jail.

He was released on Monday, October 29, on a surety bond posted by a professional bondsman.


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