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JOHNSBURG — The North Creek man whose attack on a woman led to a standoff Sunday afternoon at his home was jailed Monday after arraignment on three felony charges.

Lucas J. West, 35, of Main Street, faces felony counts of strangulation, unlawful imprisonment and aggravated family offense for allegedly kneeling on the throat of a female acquaintance and abusing her over a several-hour period, police said.

Authorities said the victim lost consciousness as he put his knee to her throat and that West slammed her face against a concrete floor, punched her, pulled her hair and took her cellphone so she could not call for help.

Police said the victim ran from the home to a nearby building for help, and West barricaded himself inside as Warren County sheriff’s officers and State Police responded.

Officers believed there were guns in the home, and the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team responded with two vehicles and numerous officers to surround the home.

He initially refused to answer his phone, but after police and relatives were able to make contact, he surrendered after a nearly three-hour standoff.

Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree said a .22-caliber rifle and several BB and pellet guns were found in the home after the arrest.

The woman was treated at Glens Falls Hospital and released.

Sheriff’s Lt. Pete Difiore said West was arraigned Monday in Johnsburg Town Court and sent to Warren County Jail for lack of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bail bond.

West had a prior felony drug-related arrest last year in Johnsburg, but the status of that case was unclear Monday.



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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