YORK – Lawrence E. Lupien, 69, of York, has been formally charged with strangulation and false imprisonment and the case has been bound over to District Court.

According to court documents, York Police officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in northern York on the report that a woman had been choked in her apartment by Lupien and then he went to his own apartment.

Police officers said in their report to the court that when they knocked on Lupien’s door, he wouldn’t open it.

They then went to an apartment where the woman had gone for help and found her shaken and crying.

The woman said Lupien allegedly became angry and broke items in her apartment. She said he also allegedly threw her cell phone in the toilet so she couldn’t call for help.

The woman told police that she tried to leave the apartment but Lupien allegedly grabbed her, threw her in a recliner and put his forearm against her throat. The woman said she allegedly couldn’t breathe, but was able to kick Lupien off of her and run for help.

The court documents indicate the woman was transported to York General Hospital for medical treatment.

The police were unable to make contact with Lupien until later, when they received a report that he was allegedly trying to get into the woman’s apartment. He was then taken into custody.

Lupien has been charged with two Class 3A felonies, with each carrying a possible maximum of three years in prison if he is convicted.

Arraignment proceedings are pending in York County District Court.

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