Man allegedly strangles, strikes victim in presence of children

The Cortland County Public Safety Building and Sheriff’s Department. (Photo Source: Kevin L. Smith of The Cortland Voice).

A Town of Cortlandville man was arrested on Tuesday after he allegedly strangled and struck a victim in the presence of children at a residence in the Village of McGraw, according to a Cortland County Sheriff’s Office report.

Matthew D. Cranston, 28, allegedly strangled and struck the victim “several times” in front of several children at a residence on Spring Street in McGraw, according to the report.

County sheriff’s deputies located and arrested Cranston after the county sheriff’s office received a report from the victim in regard to a domestic disturbance incident, the arrest report states.

Cranston has been charged with second-degree strangulation (a Class-D Felony), aggravated family offense (a Class-E Felony), third-degree assault (a Class-A Misdemeanor) and nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child (all Class-A Misdemeanors).

Cranston was arraigned and is currently being held at the county jail on $2,000 cash bail/$4,000 bail bond. Court proceedings for Cranston have yet to be determined.