Watertown man accused of choking, punching woman during domestic incident

WATERTOWN, NY —  Jireh Di’Shon Finney, 28, of 343 Walker Ave., Apt. A, Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 11:13 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, in the 300 block of Walker Avenue with second-degree strangulation, a felony, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, second-degree menacing, third-degree assault, and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

Mr. Finney is accused of placing a 32-year-old woman in a rear choke hold using his forearm to apply pressure to her throat and neck causing her to be unable to breathe and lose consciousness for about 5 to 10 seconds during a domestic incident at about 10:55 p.m. Sunday at 343 Walker Ave., Apt. A, according to court documents.

He is also accused of striking her in the face, head and neck with closed fists several times causing both her top and bottom lip to split open and bleed, police said.

Mr. Finney allegedly threatened to stab and kill her while grabbing a kitchen knife during the incident, police said.

It is also alleged Finney grabbed her by her hair, pulled her to the floor and and used both hands to her neck to apply pressure while pinning her to the floor which prevented her from leaving the apartment, police said.

He was additionally charged with a parole violation. Police said he was previously convicted of third-degree assault on Oct. 17, 2017.

He was being held at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building pending a video arraignment.