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Police: Bethlehem man choked pregnant girlfriend during argument over his unemployment

By Len Righi, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Dec 12 2012 11:30:12 AM CST
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A man is facing charges after he choked his pregnant girlfriend twice during an argument over him getting a job, officials said.

Joshua E. Souders grabbed Ciera Reilly by the throat with both hands in their apartment at 1190 Livingston St., Bethlehem, at about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, after she told him she had to leave her job because she was pregnant and he needed to find work to support their unborn child, officials said.

Souders and Reilly had lived together at the address for one day, court papers say.

After Reilly broke free, she grabbed her belongings and ran for the front door, but Souders again grabbed her by the throat, threw her against a wall and demanded her cell phone, officials said, adding that after Reilly turned over the phone, Souders threatened to kill her if she contacted police.

Reilly went to headquarters to report the attack, where officers noticed redness and bruising around her neck and chest, officials said.

Souders, 29, was arraigned early Wednesday morning on charges of assault, making terroristic threats and harassment and committed to the Northampton County Prison on $10,000 bail, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing is set for 10 a.m. Dec. 20.