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Burglary, assault, stalking charges lodged in Schenectady

Burglary, assault, stalking charges lodged in Schenectady

Victim suffered cut face, broken glasses, police say
Burglary, assault, stalking charges lodged in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY — A man broke into a residence on Eighth Avenue and assaulted an occupant in front of children on Nov. 18, authorities said.

George Whitehead, 25, of Eastern Avenue, faces one count of second-degree burglary, a felony, and other charges, including stalking.

Whitehead broke into the residence and punched a man several times, breaking the man's glasses, police said. The assault cut the man's face and caused his right eye to swell shut, according to court documents.

Whitehead is accused of stalking a woman who lived in the residence after she told him several times to stop contacting her, according to court documents.

He is also accused of breaking items inside the woman's home on Oct. 23 and choking her, also in front of children, and breaking items again on Oct. 29, police said.

In all, Whitehead faces charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, both felonies, and misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, fourth-degree stalking and criminal obstruction of breathing.

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