Man accused of attacking, kidnapping woman

Man accused of attacking, kidnapping woman
Joshua Connelly (Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A North Syracuse man faces charges after allegedly going to a woman's workplace in the town of Pamelia, attacking her and kidnapping her.

State police arrested 35 year old Joshua Connelly on numerous charges on December 13.

According to police, Connelly was involved in a domestic incident with a 29 year old woman, an acquaintance, while he was visiting her place of employment in the town of Pamelia.

Connelly is accused of throwing the woman against the wall, holding her to the ground and kneeling on top of her. He then allegedly threatened to kill the woman with a knife. Police said Connelly choked the woman and forced her to lock all of the doors at the business, which was unnamed.

Connelly allegedly forced the woman to remove the security camera surveillance hard drive from a backroom in an attempt to conceal the crime.

Police said Connelly then forced the woman into her vehicle and drive to a Sunoco gas station in the town of Pamelia. According to police, she was able to escape and run inside the store where she called 911.

Connelly was arrested on the following charges:

- Kidnapping 2nd degree, class “B” felony

- Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd degree, class “D” felony

- Grand Larceny 3rd degree, class “D” felony

- Criminal Contempt 1st degree, class “E” felony

- Menacing 2nd degree, class “A” misdemeanor

- Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, class “A” misdemeanor

- Harassment 2nd degree, a violation

Connelly was arraigned in Champion Town Court and ordered held in the Jefferson County Jail on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in Pamelia Town Court on December 19.

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