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A teenage boy and a woman sitting in her car were both the apparent victims of separate assaults during a 24-hour period late last month.
The first assault was reported at 1:07 p.m. July 27, by a 29-year-old man and his 13-year-old son in the lobby of the Lancaster Police Department, according to a police incident report.
The father said his son had been choked the previous day by his mother’s boyfriend, a 20-year-old Lancaster man.
The victim told officers he was at a Cunningham Street home playing with friends when the mother’s boyfriend drove up and called to him.
The victim walked to the street, where the man asked him about a cell phone. When he told the man he didn’t know anything about a cell phone, the man choked him, the report said.
“(He) stated that (the man) then wrapped both of his hands around (his) throat, choking him,” an officer wrote in the report. “(He) stated that he fell to the ground and (the man) released him. (The man) then yelled at (the victim’s) friends that if they had something to do with the cell phone, they would get that too.”
The teen ran to a nearby family member’s house and called his father.
An officer noted in the report that the victim had marks and bruises around both sides of his neck.
Charges are pending and the man could face assault and battery charges, though it was unknown Friday, Aug. 2, if he had been arrested.
Assault in car
At almost the same time July 27, a Lancaster woman was reporting a separate assault to sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies responded at 1:09 p.m. to the 1500 block of Holly Hill about a vandalism, according to a Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office incident report.
When they arrived, they spoke with a 31-year-old woman who said her former roommate, a 29-year-old man, assaulted her.
She said the man had moved out of their apartment the previous day, though he approached her as she sat in a parked car outside her apartment at about 12:50 p.m.
She said the man walked up to the car and asked to talk.
“(She) refused to roll the window down so (the man) punched it, causing it to break and showering (her) in glass,” a deputy wrote in the report.
Deputies noticed the woman had several small cuts from the broken glass, though she refused medical attention, the report said.
The woman told deputies the man then reached into the car and grabbed her keys and a small change purse filled with $184.
Deputies searched the surrounding area for the man, but could not find him.
The man faces assault and battery, larceny and malicious injury to property charges, the report said, though it was unknown Friday if deputies had arrested him.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416