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Man charged with choking woman in her sleep in Auburn

A man was tracked down and arrested about a week after two domestic incidents in Auburn, the Auburn Police Department reported Tuesday.

On March 19, Dwight Williams, 40, of 43 Water St., Lyons, entered a woman’s apartment and choked her while she was sleeping in bed, police said. After being choked, the 39-year-old victim called 911. Police said Williams went into a bedroom before shoving past her to leave the apartment.

An arrest warrant was issued for Williams, charging him with first-degree criminal contempt, a class E felony, and obstruction of breathing, a class A misdemeanor.

Police said a domestic violence team followed up, as is common when there is a domestic incident demonstrating a high chance of fatality.

Although police were “actively looking” for Williams, the APD said he wasn’t apprehended quickly enough and returned to the victim’s 37 Olympia Ave. apartment again March 22. He allegedly caused more than $250 worth of damage to her vehicle. He was charged with another count of first-degree criminal contempt and third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, for damaging the car.

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