New Kensington man faces additional charges in attempted kidnap/strangulation case

New Kensington, Pa. – Jeremy Chambers, age 36 of New Kensington faced a preliminary arraignment Thursday afternoon before Magisterial District Justice Frank Pallone Jr. on multiple felony charges in connection with an attempted kidnap of his former girlfriend in early August.

According to the police criminal complaint, Chambers former girlfriend applied for and was granted a PFA by a Westmoreland County Court. Chambers was served the PFA the day before the incident occurred as the victim was delivering newspapers on her daily route along Freeport Road in New Kensington. As the victim was returning to her vehicle, Chambers allegedly emerged from a large bush and began to attack the victim.

Chambers allegedly tried to place a piece of duct tape over the victim’s mouth stating, “If you wanna get a PFA on me you’ll never live to regret it”, while attempting to force the victim into the vehicle. The victim stated the tape did not stick to her mouth, and at that point Chambers placed both of his hands around her neck and began to choke her, causing her to lose consciousness.

The complaint also states the victim was punched with a closed fist during which Chambers stated, “just die bitch”. The victim received a laceration near the eye which required 8-10 stitches and a hematoma on the brain. Chambers fled the scene after a witness began to yell at him during the incident.

Additional charges were filed on Thursday at the preliminary arraignment. A full list follows:

F1 Criminal Attempt – Kidnap To Inflict Inj/Terror, F1 Kidnap To Inflict Inj/Terror, F1 Aggravated Assault, F1 Robbery Of Motor Vehicle, F1 Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, F1 Burglary – Overnight Accommodation, No Person Present, F3 Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Prop, F3 Receiving Stolen Property, M1 Terroristic Threats W/ Int To Terrorize Another and M2 Simple Assault.

Already in custody at Thursday’s arraignment, bail was again denied to Chambers where he was sent back to the Westmoreland County Jail. Bail Action Reason: NO COMBO OF CONDITIONS WILL ASSURE DEF WILL APPEAR OR SAFETY OF VICTIM.