A State College man is facing charges of felony strangulation, misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment, after a reported incident Saturday night.
A woman told Penn State police that Keerti Prakash, whom she knows, arrived at her apartment at about midnight Thursday. Prakash, 23, reportedly told her he was “lonely” and “needed a friend.” The woman didn’t want to let him in, but said he “seemed so desperate.”
Prakash asked the woman about her male friends and wanted to see her text messages, according to police. When she said no, he allegedly hit her with his forearm, grabbed her cellphone with one hand and grabbed her by the throat with his other hand. The woman told police she couldn’t breath and that he hit her in the head when she tried to get away.
The woman told police she fell to the ground and reached for a second cellphone. That’s when she said Prakash kicked her in the chest. The women then started to dial 911 with the second cellphone, and Prakash returned the other cellphone and left her apartment.
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Prakash is being held in Centre County jail. He was unable to post $75,000 bail.