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Put Her In a Squeeze

Say Glendale Man Nearly Killed Gal Pal

What started as a lovers’ quarrel in a Glendale apartment turned violent when a man allegedly choked out his girlfriend three separate times last Friday morning, July 11, police reported.

Law enforcement sources said Sanel Vukel, 29, was booked on attempted murder charges for putting his 34-year-old girlfriend in chokeholds during an argument in his 81st Street residence. Reportedly, the victim was knocked unconscious during each of the repeated assaults.

According to information provided by the Queens District Attorney’s office, Sanel and his girlfriend allegedly began arguing at about 7 a.m. last Saturday inside the home on 81st Street near 78th Road.

The exchange turned violent, prosecutors said, when Vukel allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend and her family, then wrapped her in a chokehold on a bed, knocking her unconscious.

When the victim came to, authorities stated, Vukel allegedly wrapped his arm around her neck and choked her until she blacked out a second time.

Moments later, the victim again regained consciousness, pulled out her cell phone and attempted to call police. Vukel reportedly grabbed the phone out of her hand during her attempt.

Prosecutors noted the victim then attempted to run out of the apartment, but Vukel allegedly grabbed hold of her, kept her in the residence and choked her out a third time. After she came to again, he reportedly punched her about the face 10 times.

Members of the 104th Precinct responded to the location and took Vukel into custody. The victim was treated for multiple lacerations, convulsions, bruising and other injuries.

Following a preliminary investigation, P.O. Lane Clark arrested Vukel for second-degree attempted murder, second-degree strangulation, unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault and criminal mischief.

According to court records, Vukel was ordered held on $75,000 bail following arraignment last Saturday, July 12, in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Stephanie Zaro. He is due back in court on July 24.

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