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May 14, 2014

Man accused of strangling is released on bail

NEWBURYPORT — His face bloodied and battered, an Amesbury man was arraigned on domestic assault and battery charges yesterday in Newburyport District Court, the day after he allegedly strangled his girlfriend during a violent argument inside their Whitehall Road apartment.

According to court records, Ryan Emmett, 35, received those wounds, clearly visible when he was brought into the courtroom in handcuffs, while his alleged victim was fending off his attack. Emmett is out on the streets after posting $2,500 cash bail and is due back in court June 13 for a pretrial hearing.

In his police report, officer Charles Sciacca said Emmett and his alleged victim got into an argument over money after they had both been to a work party. When the argument escalated, the victim told Emmett to leave the apartment and stay elsewhere. After refusing, the victim tried calling his sister which angered Emmett to the point where he grabbed the phone away from her and removed the battery.

“Ryan then threw (the alleged victim) onto the bed and started to strangle her with both hands for approximately one minute. (The alleged victim) fought Ryan off by scratching him in the face,” Sciacca’s report reads.

With Emmett outside smoking a cigarette, the alleged victim began walking over to her mother’s apartment to call police when Emmett began chasing her. She was able to make it into her mother’s apartment where she called the authorities.

According to Sciacca’s report, the alleged victim’s face was flushed red and her neck and upper chest was puffy and discolored.

Emmett, smelling of alcohol, was handcuffed without incident. As he was being arrested, Emmett told police he was sleeping when his girlfriend attacked him without reason. During the booking process, Emmett asked for treatment for his face prompting police to call Amesbury paramedics. He refused a trip to the hospital for treatment, according to Sciacca’s report.

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