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Police say assault victim flags down ambulance for ride to hospital

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HANOVER TWP., Pa. – Police said they managed to track down an assault suspect using the victim’s cell phone after his car ran out of gas on I-78.

Anthony M. Smith, of Utica, N.Y., is facing assault charges after he was caught on surveillance video allegedly punching his girlfriend in the lobby of a Northampton County hotel. He was arrested early Sunday morning and arraigned by District Judge Patricia Broscius, who set bail at $50,000.

Colonial Regional police were dispatched to St. Luke’s Hospital Allentown Campus to investigate an assault that occurred shortly after 1:30 a.m. at the Best Western hotel in Hanover Township. The victim reported that she and Smith were at the hotel bar, when they started arguing, according to court records.

After she sat down in the hotel lobby, Smith allegedly punched the victim in the face three times, which was caught on surveillance video, according to records. Inside the couple’s car, Smith allegedly choked the victim. He allegedly punched her two more times before the victim managed to flag down an ambulance in Allentown. Paramedics took her to St. Luke’s for treatment.

Authorities observed bruising to her ribs and bruising and swelling to her face.

The victim learned from friends that Smith’s vehicle ran out of gas. She gave police permission to use her cell phone to track him down, and they found him on westbound Interstate 78 in Lower Saucon Township, where he was taken into custody.

Smith admitted arguing with his girlfriend at the hotel but denied ever hitting her.

Police charged Smith with a felony count of strangulation and single counts of simple assault, reckless endangerment, harassment and marijuana possession. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 21.

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