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Somerset man charged with felony assault, strangulation

February 26, 2019

A woman was flown to Pittsburgh for a life-threatening injury early Monday after a domestic dispute in a home along East Race Street in Somerset Borough.

Michael Meyers, 34, East Race Street, Somerset, was charged with strangulation and aggravated assault, both felonies, and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and disorderly conduct.

Somerset Borough police said Meyers and his wife became involved in an argument around 1:20 a.m. Monday. Both were drinking heavily, police said.

The argument turned physical in the upstairs kitchen of the residence. Meyers placed his hands on his wife’s neck, squeezing and cutting off her airway. He then pushed her into a counter where she struck the back of her head on a glass vase, according to police.

She was taken to UPMC Somerset for treatment. She lost blood and suffered a 2-inch cut and a large hematoma on the back of her head, police said.

Doctors examined her and found a brain bleed, which is a life-threatening injury, according to a probable-cause affidavit. She was flown to a facility in Pittsburgh for treatment. Police were unsure of her condition Monday.

Meyers was arraigned Monday before on-call District Judge Sandra Stevanus and incarcerated in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. March 5 before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset.