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West Side man arrested in beating of woman

A Connecticut Street man was arrested early Sunday and charged with beating and choking a North Tonawanda woman.

Peter Mazzeo Jr., 33, was charged by Central District police with a felony, second-degree assault, as well as criminal obstruction of breathing.

The 34-year-old victim said a verbal argument turned physical on Connecticut Street about 1 a.m. She said Mazzeo knocked her down with a punch to the face, causing her to black out, and then jumped on her and choked her.

Police said they confiscated a handgun registered to Mazzeo.