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Falls man charged with assaulting woman

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on a nine-count indictment accusing him of entering a woman’s home Dec. 15 and assaulting and sexually abusing her.

Jamar T. Shipp, 25, of Cedar Avenue, pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary, third-degree assault, two counts each of forcible touching and criminal obstruction of breathing, and single counts of second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and unlawful imprisonment.

Shipp is in federal custody because the alleged incident violated the terms of his supervised release after serving a 33-month prison sentence for possessing crack cocaine with the intent to distribute it in 2008. A police report cited in the U.S. District Court file alleges that Shipp entered the woman’s apartment by breaking a window in the back door. He then allegedly demanded that she perform a sexual act, hit her in the head and face, choked her, damaged several items in the home and pointed a gun at her.