Franklin man facing strangulation, assault charges

A Franklin man is facing strangulation and assault charges as a result of an incident in Sugarcreek on Friday.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint that they received a report that Gregory Anderson, 33, had bashed a woman’s head and was holding a knife to his head in the woman’s Red Bridge Lane home.

Police said they arrived to the residence at about 1:30 a.m. and the woman answered the door covered in blood with blood seeping from her forehead.

Police said they were then able to take Anderson, who was in a bedroom, into custody without incident.

While arresting Anderson, police said he repeatedly told them he needed psychological help.

The woman told police that Anderson had jumped out in front of her car as she returned home, and he grabbed her around the neck and dragged her toward the house.

Police said the woman received her forehead cut after Anderson and she fell to the ground.

Once inside the house, police said, Anderson held a knife to his head and told the woman to “tell me you love me more or I will kill myself.”

Police said the woman had an active protection from abuse order against Anderson.

Anderson has been charged with a felony count of strangulation — applying pressure to throat or neck, a misdemeanor count of simple assault, and a summary harassment charge.

He was arraigned Friday and placed in the Venango County jail after having bail denied due to being a danger to others and not complying to bail conditions.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday.