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Rostraver man arrested on charges of trying to kill wife

| Saturday, April 28, 2012, 2:25 a.m.

A Rostraver man is lodged in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bond, after his arrest Saturday on charges that he attempted to kill his wife.

Rostraver police filed charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, terroristic threats, simple assault and reckless endangerment against Angelo Francis Martin, 53, of 460 Matty Drive.

According to a criminal complaint filed with West Newton District Judge Charles Christner, Michelle Martin reported that her husband assaulted her July 3.

Martin said she returned home at 4:30 a.m. and, as she unlocked the door, her husband grabbed her by the hair. He pulled out her earrings and tore off her necklace, she said.

Martin then grabbed her in a headlock dragged her into a swimming pool and forced her head under water, according to the complaint.

Michelle Martin said she kicked her husband and freed herself before he again forced her head under water. She kicked him a second time and broke free. As she tried to jump over the pool wall, her husband tried to pull her back in, she said.

During the struggle, Michelle Martin said, her husband told her, "I'm gonna kill you" at least twice.

Police said Michelle Martin had scratches below her left ear, bruising on her arms and scratches on her shoulder, neck and back.

Angelo Martin faces a preliminary hearing before Christner on Monday.

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