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ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man was arrested after police responded to a physical domestic disturbance where a woman said she was assaulted and strangled.

Anthony Coyne, 21, was arrested on May 4 after he violently smacked the victim in the face after verbally berating her and proceeded to punch her in the upper left eye court records show.

Coyne reportedly grabbed the woman’s phone from her hands, then stomped on it, causing in to crack. The victim said that she attempted to grab her phone from under his foot to call the police, but Coyne punched her in the back multiple times and then threw her phone onto the roof.

Court records show that the defendant then choked the woman, causing her to pass out. The woman went to Cayuga Medical Center almost a week later reporting extreme head pain and was diagnosed with a concussion.

The victim reported that there had been a history of abuse in the past.

Coyne is charged with second-degree strangulation, fourth-degree grand larceny, third-degree assault, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief. He was remanded to Tompkins County Jail on a $2,000 cash or $4,000 bail bond. A jail official said Sunday that Coyne is still in custody.

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.