North Lawrence man jailed after allegedly choking victim unconscious, fleeing from police
NORTH LAWRENCE — A North Lawrence man was jailed Tuesday stemming from an alleged domestic dispute Oct. 23 in which he reportedly choked someone until they lost consciousness, according to state police.
Troopers said they charged Louis J. Smith, 39, with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree strangulation, and fourth-degree criminal mischief.Police responded to State Route 11C on Oct. 23, around 9:12 p.m., for a report of a physical domestic. An investigation determined Smith and the victim were involved in a verbal argument which turned to a physical altercation.
Smith reportedly took the victims phone, so no phone calls were able to be made to law enforcement and strangled the victim until lost consciousness. The victim woke up and was able to contact law enforcement.
When law enforcement arrived, Smith allegedly ran out the back door into the woods, the service says. Troopers attempted to locate Smith in the woods but were unable to locate him.
Further investigation revealed Smith was no longer in the woods, but no one would inform troopers of his location, officers said.
Police continued to make attempts to locate Smith but could not locate him.
On November 29, troopers located Smith, arrested and transported him for processing. Smith was arraigned in the Town of Massena Court and remanded to St. Lawrence County jail.