PHOENIXVILLE -- A Phoenixville man was arrested on assault charges after he allegedly choked a borough woman with the cord of a curling iron Friday evening.

Gregory Frank Thomas, 38, of the 300 block of Nutt Road, Phoenixville, is charged with simple assault; recklessly endangering another person; and harassment.

According to court documents, Officer Frank Bryan said he responded to the 300 block of Nutt Road for a report of a physical assault around 7:39 p.m. July 4.

Upon arrival, Bryan said he came into contact with a female victim, whose name is being withheld by The Phoenix.

"She was visibly shaken and upset," said Bryan. "While talking with the victim, I could see scratches and red marks on her arms and neck."

The female told police that she had gotten into an argument with Thomas.

"She said that he pushed her down to the ground, slapped her in the face, and attempted to choke her with the cord of a curling iron."

Bryan said that police were able to locate Thomas later that evening and placed him in custody.

Thomas was transported to

Lionville District Court, where he was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Stanley Scott Saturday morning.

A check of Thomas' criminal history revealed previous arrests for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.

He was released after Scott set his bail at $2,500 unsecured bail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 9 a.m. in Phoenixville District Court.

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