Lance Duncan

Lance A. Duncan

A Hamburg man choked his domestic partner, then dragged from the bedroom and locked her outside their home, borough police said in a criminal complaint Tuesday.

Lance A. Duncan, 39, was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail after arraignment Monday night before District Judge David L. Glass in Reading Central Court to await a hearing on charges of strangulation, simple assault and harassment.

According to the investigators:

Police responded shortly before 3 p.m. Monday to the woman’s 9-1-1 call from their home in the 100 block of South Fourth Street. While one officer spoke with Duncan, the other went inside and spoke to the woman.

She said they got into an argument in their bed. While she was sitting on the bed, Lance grabbed her neck, impeding her breathing. He left the room and returned 10 minutes later, grabbing her by the throat with one hand before dragging her from the room and out the door, locking her out of the house for about 30 minutes.

After he let her inside, he locked her in the bedroom for three roughly 10-minute intervals.

She was able to leave the residence about 7:30 a.m. She waited for Duncan to leave about 2:45 p.m., then drove her car up to the front of the home and went inside to retrieve her work items that she had placed inside a plastic bag. While she was packing up, Duncan returned and they began another round of arguing.

Duncan pushed her against the counter, and poured sugar and creamer into the bag containing her belongings. That’s when she called 9-1-1.

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