St. Croix man charged with choking woman during argument


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ST. CROIX - A 35-year-old man was taken into custody early Tuesday morning after a woman told police that he tried to strangle her.

Elijah McIntosh made his first appearance before V.I. Superior Court Judge Robert Molloy on Tuesday, just hours after being charged with second-degree assault stemming from a fight with a woman in her Smithfield home.

According to the probable cause fact sheet filed by police, the woman reported that she and McIntosh were in the Carnival Village in Frederiksted when they got into an argument. She said during the argument, she left and went home. Some time later, she said, McIntosh came to the house and resumed the argument.

The woman told police that during the argument, McIntosh became enraged and she ran from him in fear of her life, pushing a dresser towards him so that she could get away. As they began to fight, she tried to run out of the house, but by the time she got to the door, McIntosh was right behind her and grabbed her by her neck and began choking her.

The woman said he choked her until she felt faint, but she was still able to get away and ran from the home and called police. She waited for police at the fish market.

McIntosh was initially held without bail pending his advise of rights hearing pursuant to domestic violence laws, which Assistant Public Defender Leslie Davis challenged as being unconstitutional.

Molloy eventually set bail at $5,000 and allowed McIntosh to post 10 percent of the bail amount plus one dollar to satisfy the bail and had him released into the third-party custody of his mother.

He ordered him to abide by the standard conditions of pre-trial release and not to have any contact with the woman while the case is pending.

- Contact Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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