Westerlo man charged in domestic dispute with ex

Jacob C. Ostrander

Jacob C. Ostrander

WESTERLO — A 26-year-old Westerlo man was arrested on Friday for strangling and shoving his former girlfriend into a door, while her 3-year-old son watched, police say.

Jacob C. Ostrander, while fighting with his former girlfriend at her home on Lake Road in Westerlo, placed his hands around her neck, stopping her breathing, and shoved her into a door that closed on her hand, according to a report from the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Ostrander’s ex-girlfriend called police at 1:07 in the afternoon on Friday, Feb. 22, shortly after the dispute occurred, said Inspector J.T. Campbell of the sheriff’s office. Police arrived less than 15 minutes after that, he said, and determined from interviews and evidence what had occurred.

Ostrander was arrested and charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors; as well as second-degree harassment, a violation.

He was arraigned in Westerlo Town Court before Judge Kenneth Mackey and was released on his own recognizance.

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