Elderly man strangles date after spending $400 on clothes for her

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One 23-year-old woman in Virginia was surprised when a man she’d been talking to online showed up at her door and was far older than he had originally claimed. Alan Richard Schmitt, 77, had been chatting with the young girl on the dating site, “Plenty of Fish.”

The woman told police she turned him down upon seeing how old he was at her door, but that he convinced her to go to the mall together as friends.

She told him she wasn’t interested in dating, but could be friends with him and agreed to go with him to a mall, the report said.

There, it said, he bought her $400 of clothes before returning her to her home.

Unfortunately, she said, he then demanded she return all of the items, including the shirt that she was wearing.

According to the criminal complaint, “she told him he could not have the shirt back,” at which point “he grabbed her around the neck… he then threw her to the ground.”

The complaint said he then “got on top of her” and “proceeded to choke her, causing her to struggle to breathe.”

She also told police that her necklaces were torn off her during the struggle. Officer Jeffrey Cumming wrote in the complaint that “I observed her necklaces were in pieces, and there were small bleeding scratches around her neck.”

Schmitt, meanwhile, said that when “he went to get the clothes back, they started to argue.”

At that point, he said, she “stepped in front of him and pushed him in his face” and “he lost his balance and reached out, grabbing [her] by the neck.

Schmitt was “unsure as to how she ended up on the ground as well,” according to his statement. 

He has been charged with felony strangling of another causing wounds or injury and is scheduled to return to court on November 14. 

The incident took place in Newport Newson, Virginia.

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