Man faces charges after woman calls for help

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

A town man faces a num­ber of charges after what Sauger­ties po­lice de­scribed as a do­mes­tic dis­pute.

SAUGER­TIES >> A town man faces a num­ber of charges, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal con­tempt and crim­i­nal ob­struc­tion of breath­ing, after what Sauger­ties po­lice de­scribed as a do­mes­tic dis­pute at a home on High­land Av­enue early Sun­day morn­ing.

Po­lice said a woman who said had locked her­self in the bath­room after be­ing struck by a man at 17 High­land Av­enue called po­lice around 1:18 a.m., and as of­fi­cers ar­rived on the scene, a 911 dis­patcher told them the woman had screamed just be­fore the phone dis­con­nected.

Author­i­ties en­tered the home, and the vic­tim told them that Richard J. Del­gado, 42, of Sauger­ties, had choked her, stole her wed­ding rings, punched her in the head and blocked her from grab­bing her cell phone to call for help.

Del­gado was charged with the crim­i­nal con­tempt, crim­i­nal ob­struc­tion of breath­ing, and crim­i­nal mis­chief, all mis­de­meanors, and ha­rass­ment, a vi­o­la­tion, po­lice said.

A “no ha­rass­ment or­der” had al­ready been is­sued by a court as a re­sult of a pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, who said they also seized a num­ber of firearms from the home.

Del­gado was ar­raigned in Sauger­ties Town Court and later re­leased with tick­ets to ap­pear in court Wed­nes­day. A stay-away or­der of pro­tec­tion was is­sued on be­half of the vic­tim.

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