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City of Tonawanda man arrested in connection with August attack

A City of Tonawanda man faces five felony and three misdemeanor charges in connection with an alleged incident that happened in August, authorities said.

City of Tonawanda Police said Joseph D. Schmitt, 27, is accused of assaulting another man on Aug. 22 who was allegedly pulled into a vehicle, beaten up, thrown out of the vehicle and run over by Schmitt. The dispute centered on a debt that was owed to Schmitt, according to police.

Schmitt was charged with first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, strangulation, conspiracy and grand larceny, all felonies, according to police.

Schmitt, who was taken into custody Tuesday by police detectives, additionally faces misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, unlawful imprisonment and menacing, authorities said.

Schmitt has an outstanding warrant in Amherst for larceny, police said. He was held pending arraignment.

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