Cops: Man beat, choked woman in Hamptonburgh parking lot
A man was in Orange County Jail Friday morning after passersby had to pull him away from a woman he was beating outside a Hamptonburgh store, police said.
Eric Fleischman, 51, of Brooklyn, was arrested by State Police after the Thursday afternoon altercation in the parking lot of the Campbell Hall General Store, a grocery store on Route 207 in Hamptonburgh, a picturesque area of the county dotted with rolling hills and horse farms.
But the tranquillity of the rural area was undone about 1:50 p.m. Thursday when customers at the general store reported they saw Fleischman choking and beating a female companion in the store's parking lot.
Several passersby intervened and pulled Fleischman off the unidentified woman but not before she suffered multiple injuries, police said. Her injuries were not further described and her identity was not disclosed. Police also did not disclose the relationship between Fleischman and the injured woman.
State Police were called to the scene and charged Fleischman, who lives on East 21st Street in Brooklyn, with second-degree strangulation, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
He was arraigned in Town of Hamptonburgh Court and sent to Orange County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail.
An order of protection was issued to the victim, police said.
A lawyer for Fleischman could not be located. A call to his home number forwarded to his cellphone. Messages were not returned.