A New Hartford man was arrested after almost suffocating afemale to death.
New Hartford Police responded to 50 Oxford Road on Mondaymorning at 9:30.
29-year-old Anthony Phoenix was reported by the female tohave thrown her down onto the bed and prevented her from breathing by coveringher mouth, nose, and squeezing her neck.
The victim then removed herself to another room of theapartment but stated that Phoenix never let her out of his sight. After Phoenix fell asleep, the victim statedthat she tried to call the police but was unable to do so because Phoenix hadhidden the telephone.
Phoenix woke up and became physical with the victim again,this time holding the victim down on a couch and placing his hands on her mouthand neck until she could not breathe. Several hours after the second incident, the victim was able to find thetelephone and call 911.
Phoenix was taken into custody by responding officers andcharged with two counts of misdemeanor criminal obstruction of breathing orblood circulation and one count of violation harassment in the seconddegree.
It was also found that a courtorder of protection was in place protecting the victim from Phoenix thatPhoenix violated by his actions. He wasadditionally charged with one felony count of criminal contempt in the firstdegree.
Phoenix was arraigned in Village of New Hartford Court andremanded to the Oneida County Correctional Facility in lieu of $1000.00 cashbail. He is scheduled to appear in courtto answer the charge at a later date.