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Christopher Dornblaser
  • Police say Jared Harpster, of York Haven, choked his girlfriend on Friday night.
  • His girlfriend told police Harpster, drunk, choked her to the point where she could not breathe.
  • Harpster remains in York County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail.

A York Haven man remains in York County Prison after police say he strangled his girlfriend Friday night.

Jared Lee Harpster, 28, of 155 Long Lane, is charged with strangulation, simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment, according to charging documents.

Northern York County Regional Police were sent to a residence in the 300 block of Robin Hill Circle in Manchester Township for a reported domestic incident, according to charging documents.

Incident: Police were met by Harpster's girlfriend, who alleged he had choked her multiple times, documents state.

She told police that he was drunk and threw her around, according to police.

According to charging documents, his girlfriend got home from work and was not feeling well. Harpster asked her what was wrong, and the woman said nothing was wrong, causing him to become upset with her, believing she was not OK, documents allege.

He asked her again what was wrong, and she ignored him, causing him to become more worked up, police said. His girlfriend told police she was quiet and did not want to talk to him at the time because she was not feeling well.

She left the home and came back to find a quarter of a bottle of white rum gone, documents state. Harpster came in and raised his voice at her and asked her why she was ignoring him, police said.

His girlfriend said he was drunk and she did not want anything to do with him because of that, documents state. Harpster accused her of being with another man, and an argument ensued at that point, documents state.

His girlfriend asked Harpster to leave, and Harpster put his face up against hers and began screaming at her, according to police. Harpster took his promise ring that she had given him and threw it at her, police allege.

Police: Naked, bleeding assault victim ran for help

Alleged strangling: Harpster's girlfriend told police he took her phone from her, causing her to get up, according to police, When she got up, Harpster slammed her against the wall and held her there, according to charging documents. She scratched him and broke free and walked into the other room, according to police.

She asked Harpster for her phone back, saying he needed to leave, to which Harpster, irate, refused, police said.

After that, he grabbed his girlfriend by the throat, slamming her to the ground, and choked her until she lost her breath, documents state. She said she tried to scream for help and to fight him off but couldn't because she was not able to breathe, police said.

When she finally got her breath and tried to yell, Harpster allegedly choked her and said "You are going to die tonight," documents allege.

She said this happened a few times, and that she was kicking and banging the walls in an attempt to get a neighbor to call the police, according to charging documents.

Later, Harpster blocked the door, saying no one was leaving the house that night, according to police. His girlfriend eventually was able to throw a candle at him to distract him, while she went to a neighbors to call for help, documents state. She told police that Harpster had broken both phones that she could use at her home, according to police.

His girlfriend had multiple red marks on her neck, according to police.

Harpster was arraigned on the charges Sunday morning and remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $40,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 16 at District Judge Jeffery L. Oberdorf's office.

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