BY JERRY DANZIG
trio of Choking Assaults on UWSThe beginning of September saw three choking incidents on the Upper West Side. In the first, at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, a 26-year-old woman was standing outside 868 Amsterdam Ave. when her child’s father, identified by police as Mario Jones, 27, came up behind her and started choking her, police said. Jones also hit her in the mouth, knocking her down and splitting her lip. She also told police she sprained her ankle. Jones was arrested a week later on charges of robbery, felony assault, criminal trespass and additional offenses, police said.
In the second incident, at 8:50 p.m. on Friday, September 7, a 40-year-old man violated a valid order of protection by going to the West 97th Street apartment of a female acquaintance, where he started by verbally abusing her, police said. He then grabbed the 56-year-old woman by the throat and leg, slammed her on the floor and choked her, according to police. The woman had visible scratches to her face and neck, police said. The man, who police identified as Quantis M. Summers, was arrested Saturday, September 8, and charged with assault and harassment, police said. The victim refused medical attention.
In the third incident, in the early morning of Saturday, September 8, a 24-year-old woman started a dispute about relationship issues with a 23-year-old woman at 826 Columbus Ave. The 24-year-old then choked the 23-year-old, leaving scratch marks, police said. The assailant, who police named as Amber Peterson, took out a razor blade and threatened to cut the victim with it, police said. Peterson was arrested and on strangulation, robbery, criminal trespass, harassment and other charges, police said. The victim declined medical attention.
Sidewalk disputeShortly before 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, a 47-year-old man was walking northbound on Broadway toward West 106th Street while another man was walking his dog westbound toward Broadway. The dog walker got angry as the came together near the southeast corner of Broadway and 106th Street and accused the 47-year-old man of cutting off his dog and himself. The dog walker then grabbed the other man’s umbrella out of his hand and hit him in the head with it, according to the police account. The man did not request medical attention.