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Cattaraugus County man accused of assaulting and kidnapping in domestic incident

A Franklinville man has been arrested after being accused of assaulting, choking and kidnapping a woman in a domestic incident that was uncovered during a vehicle stop early Sunday, Cattaraugus County sheriff’s officials reported.

The investigation began after Seneca Nation marshals stopped to check on a vehicle parked on the side of Route 219 in the Town of Carrollton and found that the two occupants had been involved in a domestic incident.

The case was turned over to Cattaraugus County sheriff’s investigators, who determined that the man assaulted the woman in his vehicle in Olean before driving to the Town of Carrollton.

Dean E. Pepper, 39, was charged with assault, kidnapping, strangulation, coercion and aggravated unlicensed operation, according to police reports. Following his arraignment in Town of Allegany Court, Pepper was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $25,000 bail.