Lehighton man charged with strangulation in domestic dispute
A Lehighton man has been charged with strangulation and various other charges following a domestic dispute.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Peter Krajnak of the Pennsylvania State Police Troop N — Lehighton barracks:
Just after 9 p.m. April 6, Krajnak was dispatched to an active domestic incident along Penn Drive, Towamensing Township.
At the scene, Krajnak was met by three victims, a 38-year-old woman and two men, ages 43 and 76, all from Lehighton.
The accused assailant, Troy D. Kuntzman, 43, fled the residence before Pennsylvania State Police arrival.
The victims said Kuntzman tried to strike one of the men with his Dodge Ram pickup. He damaged bushes in the front lawn and a concrete bench in the front of the residence.
The man ran to a neighbor to call 911. Kuntzman grabbed the woman, who is eight months pregnant, by the throat, slammed her off the porch, and held her against the house with both hands around her throat.
When she screamed, he let her go.
Kuntzman grabbed her by both arms while she was calling 911 and grabbed the phone out of her hand and smashed it on the ground.
At this point, the male victim and the neighbor came back and Kuntzman tried to strike the neighbor with his pickup.
The neighbor threw a rock at Kuntzman, who got out of the truck and said, “This is going to be fun.” He punched the neighbor in the face with a closed fist, knocking him to the ground.
Kuntzman continued to punch the neighbor while on the ground about 15 to 20 more times, causing severe swelling of both of the neighbors’ eyes.
The female victim said that she pulled Kuntzman off the neighbor, and he fled the residence.
While Krajnak was on scene interviewing victims, the other man received a text message from Kuntzman’s phone number that said, “Run and hide because when I find you, you’re dead.”
During the altercation, damaged property included an Apple 6 iPhone with a black case, which sustained $500 in damages; $500 in damages to a bush in front of the residence; and $400 in damages to a concrete bench with wooden boards.
Kuntzman faces charges on three counts of recklessly endangering another person; two counts each of aggravated assault and simple assault; and one count each of terroristic threats and strangulation.
He is currently incarcerated in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 straight bail, and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing April 24 before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.