A New Hartford man was arrested after almost suffocating a female to death.
New Hartford Police responded to 50 Oxford Road on Monday morning at 9:30.
29-year-old Anthony Phoenix was reported by the female to have thrown her down onto the bed and prevented her from breathing by covering her mouth, nose, and squeezing her neck.
The victim then removed herself to another room of the apartment but stated that Phoenix never let her out of his sight. After Phoenix fell asleep, the victim stated that she tried to call the police but was unable to do so because Phoenix had hidden the telephone.
Phoenix woke up and became physical with the victim again, this time holding the victim down on a couch and placing his hands on her mouth and neck until she could not breathe. Several hours after the second incident, the victim was able to find the telephone and call 911.
Phoenix was taken into custody by responding officers and
charged with two counts of misdemeanor criminal obstruction of breathing or
blood circulation and one count of violation harassment in the second
It was also found that a court order of protection was in place protecting the victim from Phoenix that Phoenix violated by his actions. He was additionally charged with one felony count of criminal contempt in the first degree.
Phoenix was arraigned in Village of New Hartford Court and remanded to the Oneida County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1000.00 cash bail. He is scheduled to appear in court to answer the charge at a later date.