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Police allege man used bed sheet, plastic bag to strangle girlfriend

Victim said he wouldn't let her leave motel room

PLAINFIELD TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege a Slate Belt man beat his girlfriend inside a Plainfield Township motel room, kicking her in the ribs and strangling her with a plastic bag.

Police charged James R. Mason, of the 200 block of East Main Street in Pen Argyl, with assault and strangulation in connection with the attack at the Travel Inn late last week. District Judge Daniel Corpora arraigned the 35-year-old Friday night, setting bail at $50,000.

Slate Belt Regional Police were dispatched to the motel at 499 E. Moorestown Road on Friday to investigate reports of a domestic assault. The victim was in the office and Mason had left the motel.

The victim said Mason, whom she identified as her boyfriend, wouldn’t let her leave room 118, throwing her into a headboard and then onto the floor, according to court records. That’s where allegedly he began choking her with his hands, according to records.

She told police that he had cut a bed sheet and allegedly put it around her neck followed by a plastic bag. Mason allegedly choked his girlfriend until she started to lose consciousness.

Police said they observed bruises and redness on her face, throat, chest and leg from being punched and kicked. The victim was reportedly having a difficult time speaking from what she feared was a broken jaw. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Authorities arrested Mason about 11:45 a.m. after he reportedly walked into police headquarters on an unrelated matter.

Police charged Mason with aggravated assault and two counts of strangulation, all felonies. He also faces misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, simple assault, terroristic threats and unlawful restraint.

Mason was sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post bail. His next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Feb. 24.

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