Man accused of choking girlfriend during fight

Quinton Lancto
Quinton Lancto(St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility)
Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 10:45 AM EDT
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CANTON, New York (WWNY) - A Canton man is accused of strangling his girlfriend and preventing her from calling for help during a domestic incident on Saturday.

According to court papers, 32-year-old Quinton Lancto was arguing with Billie-Jo Knapton when he placed his hands around her neck so she couldn’t breathe.

The documents state that Knapton lost consciousness for up to a minute and awoke to Lancto slapping her in the face.

Lancto also allegedly prevented Knapton from leaving the camper at 676 Old DeKalb Road by pushing her to the ground.

According to court papers, Knapton repeatedly asked to leave and yelled for help, but Lancto reportedly stated, “No one can hear you.”

The documents also said Lancto hid Knapton’s phone, preventing her from calling for help.

State police said she was eventually able to leave the home and call for help.

Lancto was charged with second-degree strangulation, fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment, and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

He was arraigned in Canton town court and sent to jail on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond.