Police: Amsterdam man swung machete and choked victim

Man accused of choking person, using machete to damage house

Man accused of choking person, using machete to damage house

An Amsterdam man is accused of choking a person to near-unconsciousness and waving around a machete during a domestic fight.

Amsterdam Police were called to Taft Place around 12:30 Saturday afternoon for a report of a of a man walking with a machete. The suspect, Joel G. Torres, 28, dropped the weapon and began to run away as officers approached, police said.

Torres was arrested after a brief foot chase.

Torres also hit the victim in the face and put his hands around the victim’s neck, police said. He then allegedly picked up a safe and threw it through the window, police said. Torres also grabbed a machete and waived it around the residence, causing damage, police said.

Torres was charged with felony counts of strangulation, criminal possession of a weapon and aggravated family offense. He also faces misdemeanors, including criminal mischief, resisting arrest, criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a violation of harassment.

He was arraigned in Amsterdam City Court and sent to Montgomery County Jail.