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Cops: Massapequa Park man assaulted woman, her mother

A verbal dispute turned ugly when a 51-year-old man allegedly assaulted a female acquaintance and her elderly mother in their Massapequa Park home, according to Nassau County police.

David B. Miller, 51, of Massapequa Park, was arrested on Friday after he allegedly attacked a 52-year-old woman around 10 p.m. and later turned to her 85-year-old mother, who helplessly tried to intervene, police said.

Miller was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and criminal obstruction of breathing.

Police declined to say what sparked the argument that escalated when Miller allegedly began to pummel the 52-year-old woman in the face and head while on an upper floor of a home. To protect the victims, police declined to provide a street location of the house.

After allegedly punching the 52-year-old victim, Miller then allegedly wrapped his hands around her throat and choked her while threatening: "I’m going to kill you," according to police.

The woman’s mother was on a lower level when she heard the commotion and went upstairs to try to stop the incident. Instead, the defendant allegedly shoved her and she tumbled down the stairs. She was left with severe injuries to her head and arm, according to police.

Responding officers arrested Miller and he was taken to a hospital for self-inflicted knife wounds to his throat and body, police said. He was in critical but stable condition, cops said. The women were also taken to a hospital for treatment. A police spokesman said they are both expected to survive.

Miller was arraigned Saturday in Nassau First District Court where bail was set at $500,000 bond or $50,000 cash which was not posted, according to court records. He is represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County.

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