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Police: Man strangles coworker after told to 'get back to work'

HANOVER TWP., Pa. - Police have filed several charges, some including terroristic threats and strangulation, against a man who allegedly assaulted his coworker.

According to the affidavit, four employees were at work in Hanover Township Thursday where they were all employed as landscapers.

The victim reported he told his one coworker, Damon Lee Cluff of Northampton, to get back to work. Cluff reacted by grabbing the victim by his neck and pushing his head into the steering wheel of a vehicle. 

The victim was sitting in the front seat and Cluff was in the rear seat behind him. He told Cluff 'that wasn't smart to do' and Cluff reacted again by grabbing the victim by his neck and strangling him to the point where the victim couldn't breath or speak, the affidavit states.

Cluff had to be physically removed from his choke hold on the victim by other employees, to which he then made the statement, "If you tell the boss what happened and I lose my job, I am coming to your house and burning it to the ground."

The victim sought medical treatment for his injuries and once released he came to the Colonial Regional Police Department to file the report, according to the affidavit. 

Cluff is charged with terroristic threats, strangulation, harassment and simple assault. His preliminary hearing is scheduled Oct. 24 with the Magisterial District Court in Bethlehem. 

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