Clarion Man Accused of Strangling Woman Waives Hearing

Aly Delp

Aly Delp

Published October 31, 2018 4:28 am
Clarion Man Accused of Strangling Woman Waives Hearing

CLARION TWP., Pa. (EYT) — A Clarion man accused of strangling a woman during an altercation that occurred in Clarion Township waived his preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 39-year-old Charles Zellefrow, of Clarion, were waived for court on Tuesday, October 30:

  • Strangulation — Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2 (two counts)
  • Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
  • Harassment — Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

He remains lodged in the Clarion County Jail on $25,000.00 monetary bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, Trooper Drayer, of the Clarion-based State Police, was dispatched to a domestic incident at a residence on U.S. 322 in Clarion Township around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 6.

According to the complaint, Trooper Drayer spoke to a known victim who stated that following a verbal altercation, Zellefrow had grabbed her by the throat and lifted her off the ground. The victim noted that she could not breathe.

The victim said that after she freed herself from Zellefrow’s grip and retreated to the living room, Zellefrow followed her and grabbed her by the throat and lifted her a second time, according to the complaint.

The victim reported that when she got free again, she left the residence and ran to a relative’s apartment nearby.

Trooper Drayer was informed that Charles Zellefrow had already fled the scene in his red Ford Ranger. He canvassed the area but was unable to locate Zellefrow at that time.

A warrant for Zellefrow’s arrest was subsequently issued.

Zellefrow was apprehended on the morning of Tuesday, October 9.

Zellefrow, a registered sex offender, was convicted on sexual assault charges in 2000 stemming from an incident in Rimersburg Borough.

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