Case Moves Ahead Against Cooperstown Man Accused of Choking Girlfriend

| April 20, 2017

policeline-2OAKLAND TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Cooperstown man was held for court Wednesday on several charges after he allegedly choked a known woman and threatened her father with a pistol.

According to court documents, on April 15, Franklin-based State Police filed criminal charges against 27-year-old David Alann Martin, Jr., of Cooperstown.

They included:

– Terroristic Threats W/ Int To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1

– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Misdemeanor 2

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)

– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary (two counts)

All charges were held for court in a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Andrew Fish.

According to a criminal complaint, Trooper Keith Johnson of PSP Franklin was dispatched to 2607 Cherrytree Road in Oakland Township. The known male resident told Tpr. Johnson that his daughter arrived at his house with marks on her neck and bruises on her arm.

The victim told her father that Martin choked her and caused the injuries to her neck after an argument.

The known man then drove to his daughter’s house at 2735 Cherrytree Road to talk to Martin about the incident. When he entered the house, he was met by Martin who had a 40-caliber Glock pistol in his hand and allegedly threatened to harm him with it, the complaint stated.

The known man told Martin that he “needed to leave the residence.” The known man then left the residence and called state police, the complaint indicates.

According to the complaint, the victim was interviewed by Trooper Johnson, and she stated that she was in a verbal argument with Martin before it became physical. She said Martin grabbed her by the neck and choked her and grabbed her arm. She then got her kids and left the residence.

Trooper Johnson saw red marks on the victim’s neck and a bruise resembling a handprint on her forearm, the complaint states.

Trooper Johnson then went to the victim’s residence and spoke with Martin, the complaint indicates.

Martin stated that he did put his hands around the victim’s neck because she was hitting him. Martin had a red mark on his forehead. He told Trooper Johnson that his relationship with the victim is toxic and that he was working on moving out when Trooper Johnson arrived, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Martin stated that he didn’t know it was (the known man) who walked in and that he never pointed the gun or threatened him with it.

Martin was placed in the Venango County Jail and later released after posting $25,000 cash bail.


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