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Maryland Man Charged with Felony Assault of State College Woman

by on April 06, 2015 11:08 AM

A Maryland man faces a laundry list of serious charges after he allegedly broke into a State College woman's apartment and assaulted her.

Craig Neely, 24 of Ellicott City, Maryland, faces a felony aggravated assault charge and misdemeanor charges of simple assault, theft, making terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and criminal trespassing after an incident that occurred early Sunday morning. 

At about 4:45 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a Prospect Avenue apartment, where they found a woman who was "crying and visibly upset and afraid," according to court documents. The woman reportedly told police that she had awoken early Sunday morning to find Neely (who does not live in her apartment) asleep on her couch.

When she woke Neely up to ask him why he was there, Neely reportedly became accusatory and confrontational, asking the woman what she had been doing that night. The situation escalated, and police say that Neely pinned the woman down on her futon, squeezed her neck and threatened to kill her and members of her family.

Police say the woman began to scream for her roommate, prompting Neely to force his hand into her mouth to quiet her. Once the woman bit his hand, she was able to free herself and lock herself in her bedroom. Neely then left the apartment and allegedly stole the woman's laptop on his way out.

Police say the woman's roommate told police a story similar, and that Neely had bite marks on his hand that were consistent with the victim's account.

Neely, who is listed as an undergraduate student in the Penn State directory, was arraigned on $75,000 bail and is scheduled for a Wednesday morning preliminary hearing.


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