Trial or­dered for Lans­dale teen charged with as­sault

An­drew La­jara, 18, faces charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault and other of­fenses

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Michael Gold­berg mgold­berg@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @mgold­berg on Twit­ter

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.

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