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PLUM TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Police say a Venango County man threw a woman down a flight of stairs, raped her and strangled her multiple times.

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According to state police, 36-year-old Jeffery Nelson, of Cooperstown, Pa., was intoxicated when he arrived at a woman’s Plum Township house around 8 p.m. Wednesday. As the woman was trying to leave, Nelson allegedly stopped her and threw her down a flight of concrete stairs.

State police say Nelson then forced himself on the victim and raped her while strangling her. He also allegedly smothered her with a towel.

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Nelson allegedly repeatedly threatened to kill the victim and her family members if she left him or called the police.

State police say Nelson fell asleep after a few hours, and the victim fled the residence and called 911.

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Troopers arrived at the scene and took Nelson into custody. Nelson was sent to the Venango County Jail. He was denied bail.