Crime

He apologized for strangling mother, police say. But he’s still facing charges.

A mother with bruising around her neck reported an incident Sunday to state police at Rockview.

The mother said her son Joshua John Cooper and his girlfriend had been arguing in a home off Bucktail Lane in Liberty Township at about 1 p.m. Saturday when she intervened, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Cooper, 26, of Beech Creek, allegedly responded by grabbing his mother by the neck and lifting her off the ground.

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Joshua John Cooper

The mother told police she heard her son’s girlfriend telling him to “let her go,” but he allegedly continued choking her until his mother’s eyes rolled back. She reported that during the incident she had trouble breathing until he released his grip and she fell to the floor.

State troopers then interviewed Cooper, who said his mother had initiated a physical altercation by pushing his girlfriend, resulting in an argument between the three, according to the affidavit. He told police he grabbed his mother’s shoulder and pulled her away from his girlfriend.

Cooper admitted to grabbing his mother’s neck and picking her up by the neck, according to the criminal complaint, after she allegedly slapped him. He told police he let her go on the floor, placed her in a chair and apologized. His mother suffered bruising on her neck during the incident.

Cooper was charged with felony strangulation, misdemeanor simple assault and harassment, a summary offense. He was unable to post $2,500 bail and was placed in Centre County Correctional Facility.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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