Man accused of strangling woman, eluding police

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Louis Smith(St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility)
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 10:19 AM EST
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LAWRENCE, New York (WWNY) - A North Lawrence man is accused of strangling a woman until she passed out and eluding police for more than a month.

According to court papers, 39-year-old Louis Smith was involved in a domestic incident at a home at 2120 State Route 11 C in the town of Lawrence on October 23.

The documents say Smith took the woman’s cell phone to keep her from calling law enforcement and strangled her until she lost consciousness.

State police say the alleged victim called police after regaining consciousness. Court papers say Smith prevented the woman from answering the door when police arrived.

Police say Smith ran out the back door and into the woods when they arrived. They looked for him in the woods but weren’t able to find him.

They located Smith on Tuesday and charged him with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree strangulation, and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

He was arraigned in Massena Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail without bail.