ST MARYS — The preliminary hearing for a St. Marys man who allegedly tried to choke a woman April 10 will be held Tuesday.
Martin Joseph Snyder, 55, of St. Marys has been charged by that community’s police department with strangulation, simple assault and harassment.
According to reports police responded to a 123 Fourth Street residence that night for reports of a domestic assault. The woman, who lives at the residence, told police Snyder lived with her, but she had recently asked him to leave due to his drug activity, the affidavit of probable cause says.
Snyder allegedly entered the residence to retreive possessions he had there, and began to argue with her about stolen methamphetamine. He allegedly grabbed the victim, threw her against the wall, then used his hands to try to choke her. She was unable to breathe and was left with red marks across her neck. Snyder then allegedly punched her in the left side of her face, leaving another mark and a swollen cheek.
The victim, able to get away from Snyder, got to a window and called for help, exiting onto Fourth Street where people came to her aid. Snyder fled the residence and a search of the area failed to find him, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Snyder then allegedly arrived at the SMCPD station, where he said the victim stole $20 from him, and he “tackled” her to get the money back, the affidavit says. She reportedly fought back and left a mark on his chin and wrist.
Snyder’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the office of District Judge Mark Jacob of St. Marys.