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MAN CHARGED IN ASSAULT OF WOMAN IN HER HOME

A man was arrested Friday morning and charged in Niagara Falls City Court with forcing his way into a woman's home, holding her against her will and assaulting her.

Juan J. Martinez-Luna, 27, of Ferry Avenue, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of menacing, criminal mischief and third-degree assault, and felony charges of unlawful imprisonment, aggravated criminal contempt -- for violating an order of protection -- and burglary. He was taken to Niagara County Jail with bail set at $7,500 cash or $15,000 property.

A 23rd Street woman told police Martinez-Luna ran up behind her at the door, forced his way into her home and tried to stop her from leaving by locking all the doors and threatening to kill her. She said he also cut her clothing, hit her several times and threatened to stab her.

She told police she was able to convince Martinez-Luna to go for a ride and then stop at her sister's house, where her sister called the police.

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