Cops: Man punched, choked woman in Riverhead

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A 32-year-old man was arrested after police said he entered a locked bedroom in a multifamily building, then choked a woman early Thursday in Riverhead.

Riverhead Town police said Nelson Chamale-Suruy, 32, who resides in the same building as the victim on Gregory Place, was arrested after being confronted by family members. Police said the residence has "several tenants who are all related" but could not immediately describe the relationship -- if any -- between Chamale-Suruy and the victim.

Police said that once Chamale-Suruy entered the locked bedroom he punched the woman "numerous times in the face," then choked her and placed a pillow over her face "attempting to obstruct her breathing." He fled the scene before police arrived.

Police said the woman was taken to the Peconic Bay Medical Center by the Riverhead Town Ambulance Corps for treatment of facial injuries.

Chamale-Suruy was charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing and blood. He was held pending arraignment.

Police said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed an "immigration detainer" on Chamale-Suruy, but could not immediately explain why he is believed to be a flight risk from prosecution.

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