Homer man arrested for choking, threatening woman

A Homer man is facing seven charges for choking, threatening and dragging a woman back into his home while she was holding a child, according to the Homer Village Police Department.

Travis J. Witty, 39, of 56 ½ Cortland St., was arrested about 1 a.m. Monday at his home for attacking a 38-year-old woman, according to the department. 

The woman told officers Witty choked her and took a cell phone away from her, smashing it, when she tried to call the police. Witty also threatened to kill her with a screwdriver and dragged her back inside his home when she tried to flee with a child in her arms, according to the department.

Police responded and arrested Witty at the scene, the department noted.

Witty was charged with second-degree menacing, criminal obstruction of breathing, fourth-degree criminal mischief, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors, as well as second-degree harassment, a violation.

He was also charged Tuesday in Homer Town Court with felony third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, said Chief Robert Pittman this afternoon. The violent felony is levied against persons who have a weapon and were previously convicted of a crime.

Witty was released in Homer Town Court and is set to reappear at a later date.

Cortland County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the State Police assisted village police in the investigation.