WATERTOWN, NY — State Police in Watertown arrested Joshua M. Connelly, age 35, North Syracuse, NY, for 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 arrested after being in a physical domestic incident with a 29-year-old female acquaintance while he was visiting her place of employment in the town of Pamelia, troopers said.
Connelly is accused of throwing the victim against the wall, holding her to the ground and kneeling on top of her, troopers said. He then threatened to kill the victim with a knife, troopers said.
During the physical altercation, the victim was choked by Connelly and forced to lock all of the doors at the business. The victim was then forced by Connelly to remove the security camera surveillance hard drive from a backroom in an attempt to conceal the crime, troopers said. Connelly then forced the victim into her vehicle and drive to a Sunoco gas station in the town of Pamelia where she was able to escape the vehicle and run inside the store where she called 911, troopers said.
Connelly was arraigned in Champion Town Court and remanded to the Jefferson County Public Safety Building on $10,000 cash bail/ $20,000 bond.
He is scheduled to appear 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 in Pamelia Town Court.