Man allegedly strangled woman at Watertown tavern, police say

WATERTOWN, NY —  Robert E. Rivera, 32, of 823 Bronson St., was charged by Watertown police at 1:06 a.m. Sunday, April 23, at 560 State St. with second-degree strangulation, a felony, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, a misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment.

It is alleged Mr. Rivera “applied pressure with both his hands to the neck of a 28-year-old woman causing her to lose consciousness,” at about 12:12 a.m. Sunday at Double Deuce tavern, 560 State St., according to court documents. He also allegedly struck the woman in her face two times with his hand, police said.

During the arrest process at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building, Mr. Rivera refused to have his photographs and finger prints taken, police said.

He was arraigned at 9 a.m. Sunday in City Court before City Judge Anthony M. Neddo who ordered him held at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $5,000 cash bail or $35,000 bail bond.