Man who attacked and robbed woman he met through phone dating service now in custody, police say

Posted: 10:02 PM EDT Aug 30, 2013   Updated: 10:03 PM EDT Aug 30, 2013
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A man who attacked and robbed a woman he met through a telephone dating service almost three months ago is now behind bars, officials said.

John Eleazer put the woman he had been staying with for a month in a choke hold and then took her cell phone and $80 in cash around 5:30 p.m. June 2 in her home in the 1300 block of Pembroke Road in Bethlehem, officials said.

The woman lost consciousness, but awoke to hear Eleazer say he was going to jail and see him rip the phone line out of the wall before fleeing, officials said.

The woman told police she met Eleazer through the Lava Line telephone dating service and that he came to Bethlehem from Virginia Beach, Va., adding that knew him only as John Matthew, officials said.

Police discovered Eleazer's identity by searching a black duffel bag he left behind in the woman's home, officials noted.

Eleazer, 43, was arraigned early Friday morning on charges of robbery, simple and aggravated assault, theft, receiving stolen property and harassment, and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $30,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Sept. 13.