Police: W-B Man Choked, Threatened Woman

April 2, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — A city man is facing aggravated assault charges after threatening and choking a woman, according to police. Marcelino Garcia Ortiz, 34, is accused of attacking the woman early Monday on South Washington Street, police said. Officers were dispatched to the area around 1:30 a.m. and found Ortiz intoxicated, having threatened a woman with a gun and choked her, according to police. Police charged Ortiz with aggravated assault, strangulation, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, simple assault and harassment. Ortiz was being held at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,000. — JAMES HALPIN