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Williamsport man charged with attempted homicide

When city police arrived to investigate a domestic disturbance about 5:20 p.m. on Sept. 15, Bonnie Swain was standing outside her home in a very distraught state, according to court records. The woman’s clothes and hair were wet, police said.

“There was a large bruise on her left shoulder going around to the front of her neck. There was a second bruise on the right side of her neck. There was redness down her chest and left side of her face,” Sgt. Brian McGee wrote in an affidavit. There also was swelling to Swain’s upper lip, he said.

The woman was so upset that her “hands and body appeared to be shaking. She was unable to complete a thought,” McGee said, adding that it appeared that she had been in a physical confrontation.

Swain alleged that her ex-husband, Ishamarr Swain, 42, of the same address, had tried to drown her in her hot tub as he had his hand wrapped around her neck, McGee said.

“While struggling to breathe, Bonnie Swain ingested a large amount of water,” the officer said. The woman was taken by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport, where she told police and medical staff she “thought she was going to die,” according to McGee’s affidavit.

Jailed in the Lycoming County Prison on a probation, Ishamarr Swain, has since been arraigned before District Judge Christian Frey on attempted homicide, aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, strangulation and harassment, and recommitted in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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