Watertown man accused of choking woman, damaging cell phone during domestic incident

WATERTOWN, NY —  Dayquan T. Sanders, 25, Watertown, was charged by Watertown police at 10:14 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 1620 Huntington St. with second-degree unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, second-degree harassment and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Mr. Sanders is accused of shoving Shayna J. Acosta, 19, to a floor at about 5:20 a.m. Aug. 20 at 1620 Huntington St., Apt. S8, and placed his arm around her neck while applying pressure causing her to be unable to breathe for several seconds, according to court documents.

He is also accused of taking her cell phone when she attempted to contact emergency services and bent the phone causing the screen to break, police said.

Mr. Sanders additionally pushed her away from the only exit of the apartment, locked the door to prevent her from leaving and stood in front of the door for several minutes, police said.

He was being held pending arraignment.