Trial ordered for Lansdale teen charged with assault
Andrew Lajara, 18, faces charges of aggravated assault and other offenses
An 18-year-old Lansdale man has been ordered to stand trial for allegedly attacking his girlfriend in a borough alley in early August, according to police.
Andrew Damian Lajara, of the first block of East Hancock Street, had one count of first-degree felony aggravated assault, seconddegree misdemeanor counts of strangulation, reckless endangerment and simple assault, and one count of summary harassment held for trial by Lansdale District Judge Edward Levine at a preliminary hearing in connection with the alleged Aug. 3 assault.
Police have said in a criminal complaint that around 7 p.m. on Aug. 2, Lajara and his girlfriend got into a verbal argument inside her vehicle near his apartment, and after they both exited the vehicle and walked into a nearby alley, Lajara threw her to the ground, pinned her with his knee and then put his hands around her neck and choked her for about four seconds when she started screaming for help, she told responding officers.
She told cops that Lajara then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her about a foot before letting go of her, walking into his residence and locking the door, according to the complaint.
Cops said they observed red marks on her neck and arm, broken skin on her right arm and dirt on her clothes all consistent with her version of the assault.
Officers spoke to Lajara — who was the one that dialed 911 to report the alleged assault, according to court documents — and his account was similar to his girlfriend’s except he stated that she had been the one who attacked him and that he had pinned her down because she was hitting him and pulling on his shirt before he was able to break free and run into his apartment, according to the complaint.
Lajara had a small cut on his forearm and his shirt was ripped around the collar, the complaint indicates.
Lajara was arrested based on his girlfriend’s account of the incident and her visible injuries, according to police.
Lajara is free on $5,000 unsecured bail while awaiting his Oct. 11 formal arraignment in county court.