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Police: Man Grabbed Girlfriend by Neck, Dragged Her Down Street

Lester Eugene Fortson, 49, was twice previously charged with felony assaults in Phoenixville.

A Phoenixville man was arrested on Friday night after he assaulted his girlfriend, at one point dragging her down the street by her neck, Phoenixville Police are reporting.

Lester Eugene Fortson, 49, faces charges of simple assault, false imprisonment, public drunkenness, and harassment stemming from the September 28 incident.

According to court documents, Fortson and his girlfriend got in an argument that evening at 10:14 p.m. that culminated with his dragging her off the porch by the neck, then, according to both his girlfriend and a witness, continued to drag her down the 200 block of Morgan Street.

When police arrived on the scene, they observed that Fortson—who’s twice previously been charged with felony assault in Phoenixville—appeared to be intoxicated.

Fortson was arraigned that morning and released from Chester County Prison after posting $2,500 bail. He faces preliminary hearing on October 4.

Grace Smith October 02, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Phoenixville will never evolve unless people like this are removed from the community. First we castrate him, then run him out of town.
Gideon Weyl October 02, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Wow. Castration? Really, Grace? Come on... This type of stuff can happen anywhere. Fact of the matter is, what needed to be done was done - he was arrested and is currently awaiting trial. Furthermore, I find your comment regarding the "evolution" of Phoenixville, or lack thereof, ridiculous and contradictory when you suggest reverting to Draconian measures of punishment. Let's just start crucifying high schoolers for shoplifting, and waterboard anyone arrested for running stop signs in the borough. Come on.
Jim L. October 02, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I suggest "shock treatment".....
Walter White October 02, 2012 at 08:46 PM
I agree Gideon, Grace you are out of line. I don't see how one man is responsible for ruining Phoenixville's "evolution". Gracie go read any of the surrounding towns patches and you'llrealize that this incident is an everyday occurance in other towns. If your still fed up, then move!
harry finster October 02, 2012 at 11:48 PM
grace is right phoenixville needs to evolve to normal human standards ,herself included

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