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Gerry Man Charged After Assaulting Woman

A Gerry man is facing robbery and assault charges after Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies say he struck a woman, stole her vehicle and attempted to strike her with it during an incident Saturday morning.

Charles H. Swanson, IV, 36, was taken into custody after deputies were called around 4:35 a.m. to a report of an assault in the town of Gerry. County 911 had received a call that an injured woman had arrived at a nearby home, stating that she had been assaulted.

The woman later told deputies that she had been driving when Swanson, a passenger in the vehicle, allegedly began striking her in the face. The woman said she stopped in the road, at which time Swanson allegedly forced her out and stole the vehicle.

“Swanson also allegedly swerved in an attempt to strike the female as she ran to a residence for help,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The woman was transported to UPMC Chautauqua for treatment.

The Sheriff’s Office received a call around 7 a.m. the same day stating that the woman’s vehicle had been abandoned along Route 62 in the town of Ellington. With the help of K-9 Drake, Swanson was reportedly found hiding behind a business.

He was jailed on charges of second-degree robbery, third-degree grand larceny, third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment. An order of protection was issued, and Swanson was released without bail to appear in Gerry Town Court at a later date.

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