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Kingston man arrested on harassment charges

The City of Kingston's Police Department and City

The City of Kingston's Police Department and City Court House on Garraghan Drive. (March 28, 2012) Photo Credit: Nancy Donskoj

A homeless Kingston man was arrested Monday night after he allegedly tried to report a city woman for harassment, only to learn she had filed similar charges against him earlier that night, authorities said.

Charles DeGroat, 47, allegedly stole a woman's cell phone and harassed her at a city bus station where he grabbed her arm and threatened to kill her, said Kingston police Lt. Cliff Tremper. He fled when she contacted authorities, and went to the police around 10:40 p.m. to report the woman for harassment, Tremper said.

But she had already reported the incident to police, who took DeGroat into custody and charged him with petit larceny and two counts of harassment in the second degree, Tremper said.

DeGroat remained in custody Tuesday morning and was awaiting arraignment, Tremper added.

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