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Man accused of assaulting driver, stealing her car is nabbed by K9

A Gerry man was arrested early Saturday morning on several charges after an incident in which he allegedly punched the woman who was driving the car he was riding in, stole the vehicle and then swerved at her as she fled, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Charles H. Swanson IV, 36, was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree robbery, third-degree grand larceny and second-degree reckless endangerment.

Swanson was taken into custody by police about three hours after the incident in Gerry after K9 Drake of the Sheriff's Office found him hiding behind a business in Ellington, approximately 3 miles away.

Officials said that deputies responded to an assault at 28th Creek Road in Gerry at about 4:35 a.m. Saturday following a 911 call by a citizen who reported that an injured woman had arrived at their home.

The victim told deputies that she had been driving her vehicle when Swanson, a passenger, began striking her in the face. The woman said she stopped in the roadway, at which point Swanson allegedly forced her out of the car and stole the vehicle, swerving at her in an attempt to hit her as she was running to a residence for help.

Deputies said they were unable to locate Swanson immediately after reporting to the incident. Deputies said that around 7 a.m., the Sheriff's Office received a call that the vehicle had been abandoned along Route 62 in the Town of Ellington. Deputies said they checked the surrounding area, and K9 Drake located Swanson hiding behind a business.

The woman was transported to UPMC Chautauqua for treatment.

Swanson was released without bail to appear in court at a later date.

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