SHAMOKIN — Police are continuing their search today for a 30-year-old Philadelphia man who allegedly strangled his girlfriend in the city Friday night.

Terrell Marion Turpin, of 47 E. Asmead St., has been charged by Patrolman Shane Mowery with a felony of strangulation, a misdemeanor of simple assault and a summary of harassment relating to the 8:25 p.m. disturbance at 302 N. Shamokin St.

Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III issued a warrant for Turpin’s arrest Tuesday morning.

He is accused of attempting to take a cellphone from his girlfriend, Michelle Christin, causing bruising on her finger. Christin told police Turpin then choked her with both hands to the point she thought she was going to pass out, before throwing her to the ground.

Christin said Turpin had been staying with her for a few days each week since they began dating in February.

Christin’s son, Jason Gleason, who lives with his mother, told police he was in his bedroom when he heard his mother being assaulted by Turpin. Gleason said he was afraid to intervene because Turpin had assaulted him a few weeks ago.

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