York Township man charged after he grabbed a 17-year-old by the throat Friday

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YORK TOWNSHIP, YORK COUNTY, Pa — A York Township man is facing charges after he allegedly grabbed a 17 year-old girl by the hair and strangled her in his home on Friday evening.

According to a criminal complaint and affidavit, on May 26, York Township police responded to a domestic call on the 2800 block of Deer Chase Lane in York Township around 9:40 p.m. When police arrived on scene, a woman and a 17-year-old girl were outside saying that Jeffrey Ragland, 45 of York Township was drunk inside and had grabbed the girl by the throat.

The girl was watching t.v. on the couch when Ragland accused her of “sniffing” in his direction and started calling her names. His tirade continued when breaking a wooden chair and then threatened to hit the other woman with the broken leg. When the girl tried to intervene, Ragland grabbed her by the throat and hair.

When he released the girl and told her and the woman to get out.

When police arrived, Ragland was no where to be found but a broken chair was in the recycling bin along with a partially finished glass of wine.

Ragland is charged with strangulation, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, harassment, and simple assault.

He was arrested and has since posted bail.