Manhunt nets suspect in Montebello hotel choking

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A man is charged with attempted murder after police say he choked a woman at a Montebello hotel then made a daring escape.

According to Ramapo Police Chief Peter Brower, witnesses heard a woman screaming around 8:45 a.m. in a room at the Holiday Inn on Executive Boulevard Tuesday. The man suspected of choking that woman, 28-year-old Donnell Preston, of Ohio, allegedly jumped from the second-floor window when someone knocked on the door to come to the victim's aid.

Authorities issued an all-points bulletin in Rockland County as Clarkstown, Ramapo and state police searched for him. Armed with a mug shot of Preston, officers also used K-9 units and a helicopter in the manhunt. They caught Preston less than three hours later.

"He was apprehended ? on Route 59 near a wooded area," said Brower. Preston did not have a weapon when police caught him, according to Brower. "It's our understanding there was some prior relationship," Brower said of the alleged choking incident. "They may have some children in common."

Preston and the victim were treated for minor injuries at a hospital.

For a full interview on the Montebello hotel choking suspect manhunt, go to Channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

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