Hopatcong man accused of strangling elderly relative - Faces 20 years in prison

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According to initial reporting by the NJ Herald: A 44-year-old Hopatcong man accused of strangling an elderly relative with whom he was caring for and holding a knife to her back has been ordered by a judge to stay in the county jail pending trial.

Christopher Bamber was arrested on Aug. 31 and charged by the Hopatcong Police Department with abandonment/neglect of an elderly person, criminal restraint, terroristic threats and aggravated assault, all crimes of the third-degree. During a detention hearing following his arrest, a judge granted the state’s motion to detain him pending the disposition of his case.

Bamber’s arrest came after the alleged victim, whose name and relationship with Bamber is redacted from an affidavit of his arrest, was brought to the Hopatcong police headquarters on Aug. 30 by a family member. The alleged victim reported that Bamber and his girlfriend tried to choke her and put a knife to her back, according to the affidavit.

If convicted of all four charges, Bamber faces up to 20 years in prison.

Read the full article: NJ Herald

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