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Police: Schenectady man twice broke into ex's residence in May 2019, strangled her

Police: Schenectady man twice broke into ex's residence in May 2019, strangled her

He also faces felony criminal contempt counts
Police: Schenectady man twice broke into ex's residence in May 2019, strangled her
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SCHENECTADY -- A city man has been arrested in two May 2019 burglaries and strangulations where he is accused of attacking an ex-girlfriend her residence, authorities said.

Anthony Motley, 42, was taken into custody Saturday on two counts each of second-degree burglary and second-degree strangulation, as well as three counts of first-degree criminal contempt, all felonies.

Motley is accused in separate incidents the night of May 15-16, 2019, where he twice choked the woman, causing her to be unable to swallow or scream for help, according to police allegations filed in court.

The first alleged incident happened just after 9 p.m. May 15 outside the residence. Motley is accused of pushing the woman against the building wall and threatening to kill her. In doing so, he is accused of violating a previously issued order of protection, according to the allegations.

Then, about 25 minutes later, Motley allegedly forced his way in through the front door and strangled the woman inside to the point where she was unable to swallow.

Motley is then accused of forcing his way inside the residence again at 12:23 a.m. through an unlocked window. Once inside, he  put his hands around her neck and applied pressure, causing her to be unable to scream for help, according to allegations.

Motley also faces contempt counts related to the two alleged incidents.

Motley was arraigned and ordered held on $10,000 bail. He remained in custody Thursday.

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