KINGSTON — A woman believed she was about to receive a hug but was choked unconscious by a man who demanded money outside a tavern on Main Street, police said.
Police arrested Andrew Leroy Peay III, 48, of Payne Avenue, Kingston, on robbery and simple assault charges for the alleged attack near Leonardo’s Bar on Saturday.
Michelle Lori Prisbrey told police she left the tavern and was talking to a friend she knows as “Ted” when another man she knows as “Dread” approached her from behind.
Prisbrey said Dread, identified as Peay, was going to give her a hug but he began choking her, according to the criminal complaint. Prisbrey told police the last thing she remembered before she blacked out was telling Peay that he was hurting her.
Police allege Peay banged Prisbrey’s head against the ground and twisted her arm while demanding money.
Prisbrey regained consciousness and begged Peay to stop hurting her, the complaint says. Prisbrey said she gave Peay $80.
A Swoyersville police officer detained Peay when he was found on Lawrence Street in Edwardsville.
Peay allegedly told police “She knew what this was about,” and was going to sell “dope and cocaine” to Prisbrey, according to the complaint.
Police said another man said he was assaulted by Peay but was “highly intoxicated and was unable to provide an accurate statement to officers.”
Police said they recovered $52 from Peay.
Peay was charged with three counts of robbery and a single count of simple assault. He remained jailed Monday at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $30,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Sept. 11 before District Judge Paul Roberts in Kingston.