Warren man tries to strangle woman while free on bail, police say

By Stephen Betts | Jan 11, 2017
Photo by: Stephen Betts Lauren Tozier appeared in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland on Jan. 11.

Warren — A 44-year-old man who was set to report to jail later this month for threatening a woman is being held without bail after being arrested Tuesday, Jan. 10, on a charge that he tried to strangle the victim.

Lauren Tozier was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday by Knox County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jeremy Joslyn on suspicion of aggravated assault by strangulation, domestic violence assault and violating a condition of release.

Tozier had been arrested in November by sheriff's deputies on suspicion of domestic violence assault and violating a condition of release. The District Attorney's Office did not file charges in the case, saying the alleged victim could not be contacted and there was insufficient evidence.

Tozier was treated at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport following that Nov. 13 incident for a stab wound to his hand. Police said the alleged victim stabbed him in self-defense.

Later in November, however, he was sentenced to nine months in jail for an earlier domestic violence terrorizing conviction involving the same victim, as well as a concurrent three-month sentence for violating a protective order.

A judge agreed to Tozier's initial request to allow him to begin serving the sentence Jan. 6. Tozier later requested an extension of that stay through Jan. 30 so that he could receive physical therapy for his hand injury.

The woman did not require medical attention as a result of the attempted strangulation, according to police. But a police affidavit reported there were marks on the victim's neck and that she said she could not breathe when Tozier was squeezing her neck.

At Tozier's initial appearance Wednesday, Jan. 11, in Knox County Unified Court, Judge Susan Sparaco ordered him held without bail until a hearing on the district attorney's request to revoke the stay of the jail term.

He entered no plea, because the charges include felonies and the grand jury has not yet heard the case.

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