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Bethlehem man accused of trying to shove girlfriend out a window

Police allege he assaulted, choked the woman

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem man is facing assault charges after allegedly trying to push his girlfriend out of a third-story window.

Bethlehem police arrested Victor W. Repsher Monday after the alleged early-morning attack in an East Fifth Street apartment. District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez arraigned the 26-year-old hours later, setting bail at $250,000.

An officer was dispatched to the 700 block of East Fifth Street shortly before 4 a.m. Monday for a medical call. The victim told authorities that she and her boyfriend, Repsher, had gotten into an argument, and that he had pushed her down several times, according to court records.

As she lay on the floor, Repsher allegedly straddled the victim and started choking her, according to records. She told police that she started “seeing stars,” and that Repsher yelled at her to “go to sleep.”

After the victim managed to separate from her boyfriend, Repsher allegedly pushed her down again and kicked her, bruising her right side and back, according to police. Repsher proceeded to throw her car keys out the window and allegedly tried to push the victim out, when she looked for her keys on the roof below.

The victim alleges Repsher kept her from leaving the apartment and told her, “If you want to call police, I’ll kill you.”

Repsher now faces single counts of aggravated assault and strangulation, both felonies, along with single counts of simple assault, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and harassment. The judge allowed for a 10 percent cash bail option, if approved by pre-trial services.

Repsher failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 24.

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