Hearing Continued in Clearfield Man’s Strangulation Case

CLEARFIELD – A Clearfield man has been accused of pointing an unloaded handgun at his girlfriend and also strangling her during a domestic assault.

Cody Mollica, 26, has been charged by Trooper Nicholas M. Rickerson of the Clearfield-based state police with felony strangulation, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and summary harassment.

On Wednesday Mollica had his preliminary hearing continued until 9:30 a.m. Oct. 17 during centralized court. His bail is currently set at $25,000 unsecured.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, state police received a report about a couple who was engaged in a domestic dispute on the evening of May 6.

Upon arrival to the scene, Rickerson made contact with the victim. She said she and her boyfriend, Mollica, had a verbal altercation that turned physical.

She said she attempted to move a gun, which she had purchased, from one cabinet to the next. Mollica, however, came over and took it from her.

The victim said Mollica grabbed her by the arm and threw her on the ground. He then allegedly pointed the gun toward her head, face and abdominal areas. The gun, she said, was unloaded.

Also, Mollica allegedly put his arm around her neck while she was on the ground, cutting off her airway. She told Rickerson that she felt like she was going to pass out because she couldn’t breathe.

When the victim attempted to get up to leave, she said Mollica threw her on the couch and put his arm on her neck. He eventually let her leave after she asked repeatedly.

While at the scene, Rickerson photographed a scratch on the victim’s arm. She also complained about back pain and had difficulty moving her right arm due to pain.

Rickerson took possession of a black handgun and it was entered as evidence at the Clearfield barracks.

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