ROME — A Tompkins County man is accused of attacking and choking a woman in the parking lot of Deployed Global Solutions on McPike Road Monday afternoon, on the first day of his new job, according to the Rome Police Department.
Police said Justin T. Tani, 44, of Newfield, and his female companion drove up to Rome on Monday to drop him off for work. Company officials said Tani was working as a temporary employee for Deployed Global Solutions. Police said the woman slept in the car while Tani worked his morning shift.
At lunchtime, police said Tani joined the woman in the vehicle and the two of them got into an argument. Police said Tani attacked the woman by wrapping her seat belt around her neck and choking her.
Tani shoved the woman’s head into the steering wheel and then started choking her with both hands, authorities stated. The woman was able to pull away and get out of the vehicle, at which point police said Tani jumped over the center console and followed her out, punching her in the face several times.
A worker on site rushed to the scene to break up the fight.
Tani is charged with one count of third-degree assault and two counts of criminal obstruction of breathing, police stated. He is scheduled to appear in Rome City Court.