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Area man faces assault charges

His girlfriend had already filed a protection from abuse order against him, but that did not stop Gerald Rennicks from confronting the woman Sunday night in Old Lycoming Township and telling her “that if she gets the cops involved, he would kill her,” according to an affidavit.

Police met up with the woman about 10:40 p.m. in the 2000 block of Mill Lane, where they were dispatched to check on her welfare, the affidavit stated. The woman was “very upset, scared and crying,” and there was “blood on her shirt as she kept holding her head,” the court document stated.

The woman reported that when Rennicks, 34, of 3605 Lycoming Creek Road, lot 15, confronted her, he was “very intoxicated,” police said. “Rennicks started yelling at the woman, accusing her of cheating on him. He then got aggressive and physical towards her. He punched himself in the face, causing his nose to bleed,” the affidavit stated.

“Rennicks then grabbed the woman’s hand and made her hit him,” police said the victim told them.” He put his hands around her neck, causing her to stop breathing for a few moments. Rennicks then grabbed her hair and threw her to the floor. When she was on the floor, he put his knee to her head and applied pressure, causing pain,” police said, adding Rennicks told the woman he was going to kill her. The victim was treated at the scene by an ambulance crew.

Following his arraignment before Solomon on Tuesday afternoon on charges of strangulation, terroristic threats, simple assault and harassment, Rennicks was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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