Pamelia man released after arraignment on three felony charges including strangulation, possession of a weapon and criminal mischief following a domestic incident

WATERTOWN, NY —   Edward F. Perkins III, 31, of 23313 County Route 31, town of Pamelia, was charged by Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies at 8:31 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, with second-degree strangulation, a felony, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon – assault rifle, a felony, third-degree criminal mischief, a felony, fourth-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Orleans Town Court and released on his own recognizance.  He is scheduled to appear in Pamelia Town Court at a later date.

Mr. Perkins is accused of applying pressure to the throat of Ariel V. McKinley while a three-year-old child was on her lap and caused damage to property at a residence in excess of $250 during a domestic incident at about 7:45 p.m. Friday at his home, according to court documents.

He additionally took a phone from her hand as she was attempting to contact police for help during a domestic incident, deputies said.

Mr. Perkins damaged a ceiling light, a glass pane on a China cabinet, a clothes rack in a bedroom, kicked several holes in a wall, threw Ms. McKinley’s coat into the back yard, and threw several toys against a wall, deputies said.

He was located driving a vehicle on US Route 11 and deputies found him in possession of a Mossburg shotgun, according to court documents.

At the arraignment before Town of Orleans Justice David Morse, Mr. Perkins was represented by attorney John W. Hallett.

A stay-away order of protection was issued protecting Ms. McKinley and her 3-year-old son, deputies said.

Patrols then provided Mr. Perkins with a courtesy transportation to his mother’s house in the town of Clayton, according to documents.