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  • New charges in jogger attack

  • Additional felony charges have been filed against a Bath man who allegedly attacked a female jogger in the Town of Thurston on June 13, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

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  • Additional felony charges have been filed against a Bath man who allegedly attacked a female jogger in the Town of Thurston on June 13, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.
    Jason G. Strauss, 29, was charged Thursday with first-degree attempted rape and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies.
    He was charged with second-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault after he was arrested June 14.
    According to a news release, Strauss had been held in the Steuben County Jail on $100,000 bail since his arrest.
    Investigators with the Sheriff ’s Office learned early Thursday afternoon that bail was being posted for Strauss, and after conferring with the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, filed the additional charges.
    Strauss was arraigned in Bath Town Court on the new charges and sent back to the Steuben County Jail, with bail set at $1,000. His next appearance is scheduled for Steuben County Court, where the case has been transferred because of the felony charges.
    According to authorities, Strauss attacked the female jogger early in the morning June 13 on County Route 3 near Goodhue Lake in Thurston.
    After stopping her to ask for directions, he allegedly brandished a weapon and forced her into his pickup truck.
    She fought him off and escaped from the truck, then Strauss allegedly hit her with the truck before the truck got stuck in a ditch, police said.
    The woman then fled through the woods to a nearby residence and called 911, police say.
    The attempted rape charge filed Thursday stems from Strauss allegedly trying to abduct the 34-year-old woman for sexual purposes, while the tampering with evidence charge is related to Strauss allegedly trying to dismantle and dispose of the truck involved in the incident.
    Authorities have said Strauss was in the process of taking the truck apart when he was located at his residence on County Route 11 in Bath the day after the alleged attack.
    New York State Police assisted with the investigation.
     
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