A Baltimore man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly strangled a woman in Westminster.
Joseph William Lehner, 28, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, home invasion, and first-degree burglary. He was held on $7,500 bond, which he posted Thursday and was released, according to electronic court records.
A woman told a Carroll County Sheriff's Office deputy that Lehner contacted her on Sunday because of a statement she made to a friend. According to the woman, Lehner told her she had to tell another person she was lying or he would hurt her, according to the statement of charges.
The following day, Lehner showed up at the woman's residence in Westminster. When the woman opened the door to speak to him, he pushed her into the house and came in, according to the statement. He pushed her two more times before holding his hand to her neck for five seconds, preventing her from talking or breathing, according to the statement.
Lehner told the woman to contact her friend to say she was lying and said "things will get worse if she refused to cooperate," according to the statement.
The woman complied and Lehner left the property. After his departure, the woman called 911. A deputy who investigated the call noticed marks on the woman that were consistent with strangulation, according to the statement.
Lehner declined to comment on his arrest when contacted by the Carroll County Times. A preliminary court date has been set for Lehner on July 13.
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