OC man arrested for attacking woman

From staff reports

An Oil City man is facing charges after he allegedly choked his girlfriend during an argument early Friday at their Glenview Avenue residence.

A criminal complaint filed through district judge Andrew Fish’s office said Oil City police were sent to a reported domestic incident at a residence belonging to Kyle McCleery, 36, and his girlfriend.

McCleery told police he and his girlfriend had been “playing around,” and he had choked her after a small argument, the complaint said.

The woman said she and McCleery were having drinks when he started to call her names, and she decided to go to bed. McCleery tried to call the woman on her phone, and when she didn’t answer, he went upstairs and shoved her into a wall and strangled her, the complaint said.

The woman said she wasn’t able to speak or breathe, the complaint said.

Police noticed the woman was visibly scared and shaking and they observed red marks on her neck, the complaint said.

McCleery told police he had “jokingly” choked the woman and sometimes doesn’t know his own strength, the complaint said.

McCleery is facing a felony count of strangulation, a misdemeanor count of simple assault and a summary count of harassment.

He was arraigned before Fish and placed in the Venango County jail on $20,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.