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Somerset man charged with strangling woman

January 19, 2019

Matthew Ream Snyder, 30, Madison Avenue, Somerset, was arraigned Friday on strangulation and related charges stemming from a domestic dispute over money, according to Somerset Borough police.

At about 7:30 a.m. Friday, borough police received a call from the Somerset Hospital emergency room about a woman who said an altercation with Snyder had turned physical.

The woman said that Snyder struck her multiple times in the head and choked her for up to 20 seconds, making her think she might die. At one point she was on the ground, and he kicked her. She told police he also dragged her by the hair from room to room, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

Snyder allegedly told the woman he was going to kill her during the assault.

The woman suffered a small cut to the right side of her forehead where she said Snyder struck her with a candle. She complained of neck soreness and pain, according to the affidavit.

The woman said she walks to work, and on Friday morning she felt lightheaded and was staggering from the assault, prompting her to seek medical treatment, according to police.

Snyder was charged with strangulation, a second-degree felony, and lesser-graded charges of simple assault, terroristic threats and harassment. He was arraigned before District Judge Ken Johnson, of Somerset, and placed in the Somerset County Jail in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday before Johnson.

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