Crime

Pleasant Gap man bit, spit on and strangled a woman, police say

A man has been charged with a string of felonies after an alleged attack on a woman.

Spring Township police responded at 10:19 a.m. Tuesday to a home off Locust Street where Terence Cane, 35, reportedly attempted to leave the scene in a vehicle. The key was broken off in the vehicle, according to police, and he attempted to flee on foot until officers spotted him.

Cane admitted that he sometimes visits the home where police were dispatched but told officers he had to get ready for work, according to an affidavit. Police continued to question Cane, who then said he had just been at the home.

Officers at the scene determined that a woman had been assaulted, according to the affidavit. She reportedly told police that Cane drank alcohol from Monday night into Tuesday morning and would wake her up by pinning her down, yelling at her and spitting on her.

She attempted to keep him from leaving at one point with a vehicle, and he put her in a headlock and bit her three times, police said. He also allegedly kicked a bathroom door in while she attempted to call a friend about his behavior and then placed one hand over her throat and the other over her mouth and nose.

Two children, police said, witnessed the alleged strangulation and one tried to intervene.

Cane, of Pleasant Gap, was charged with felony aggravated assault, felony strangulation — pressure to the throat, felony strangulation — blocking the nose and mouth, misdemeanor simple assault and summary harassment.

Magisterial District Judge Carmine W. Prestia set bail at $50,000.

Cane pleaded guilty to stabbing a Penn State student in 2009 and served at least three years in prison.

State College police arrested him for the Aug. 26, 2009 assault in which he stabbed another man in the torso and arm. He agreed to a plea bargain to avoid five to 10 years in prison if he was convicted in a trial.

The student recovered after multiple surgeries.

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