Taneytown man arrested after allegedly attempting to choke woman

A Taneytown man was arrested after he allegedly attempted to choke a woman after the two fought.

Janel Antawin Henry, 39, of the unit block of E. Baltimore St., was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count each of first- and second-degree assault, according to electronic court records.


Henry was released from the Carroll County Detention Center after posting $50,000 bond Wednesday, according to electronic court records.

On Sunday, Henry and a woman had gotten into an argument over finances at Henry's residence in Taneytown, the woman told police, according to the statement of charges. Henry allegedly pushed the woman down on the bed she was sitting on, got on top of her and allegedly began to choke her for 10 to 15 seconds, according to the statement.

After briefly releasing her, Henry allegedly choked her for another 10 to 15 seconds before releasing the woman, the statement said.

Once Henry released her, the woman called 911 and went to the Taneytown Police Department, where she met with officers.

Officers at the station noted that she had "bright, red abrasions" on the front and sides of her neck, according to the statement.

Taneytown officers went to Henry's residence on Sunday, but he was not there. A warrant was issued for Henry and delivered on Wednesday, when he was arrested, according to the statement.

When reached by phone Thursday, Henry said he did not wish to comment on his arrest. A preliminary court date has not been set for Henry as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday.