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David Cuatt

Cuatt

An Auburn man is facing three felony charges after assaulting his girlfriend, police reported Tuesday. 

The Auburn Police Department said David L. Cuatt, 26, and his girlfriend got into an argument about family issues at his 28 Lansing St., Apt. 4, residence Sunday night.

Cuatt allegedly pushed the 29-year-old woman to the floor, punched her in the face and then strangled her until she lost consciousness. Police said the physical confrontation continued when the victim regained consciousness and Cuatt again grabbed her throat and pushed her to the ground. The woman went unconscious for a second time.

When she came to, police said the victim found herself in a locked room. After what appeared to be a short period of time, police said Cuatt unlocked the door. The woman was able to escape and she ran to Auburn Community Hospital where she then called the police around 12:15 a.m. Monday.

The woman was treated for injuries, but police were unsure if she was admitted overnight. Police interviewed the woman at the hospital, and she allegedly reported that she had a broken jaw and it was difficult to talk. Police said she had also been struck in the face with an ashtray during the incident.

Initially, police were unable to locate Cuatt, but he turned himself in at the police station around 9 p.m. Monday. Police said reports indicated he was highly intoxicated at the time of the domestic incident so it's likely he sobered up and then turned himself in.

Cuatt was arraigned at 10:30 p.m. Monday at Auburn City Court on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree strangulation, both class D felonies; first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class E felony; and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class A misdemeanor.

Police did not have information on if he was remanded to Cayuga County Jail or if he had bail set. Police said an order of protection was put in place for the victim.

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