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Pine Island man charged after alleged assault

PRESTON — A Pine Island man faces multiple felonies after he allegedly entered a female friend's home, assaulted her and forced her to cut off her hair.

Joshua Mosby Jr., 37, has been charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of second-degree burglary, all felonies; felony domestic assault by strangulation; and two counts of misdemeanor domestic assault.

He's been released in lieu of $25,000 conditional bail.

The charges stem from an incident April 10, when Mosby allegedly entered the home of a Spring Valley woman while she was in her bedroom coloring her hair. According to the complaint, the two had had a physical relationship in the past, but the woman said she no longer wanted any involvement with Mosby.

The woman told law enforcement she'd blocked Mosby's text messages, emails and Facebook access, as well as changed her phone number. The alleged victim said she told Mosby to leave, that he wasn't welcome at her home.


Mosby became angry, the complaint says, grabbed the woman by the throat, cutting off her air, then threw her onto the dining room table. He let her go, the woman said, but kicked a basketball at her, knocking her down.

According to the complaint, the woman went into the bathroom; Mosby followed her and pushed her into the tub as she tried to rinse her hair color. The alleged victim said Mosby pulled open the shower curtain and threatened her with a pair of scissors, then reportedly made her cut her hair.

When the woman finished, the report says, Mosby threw her broken cell phone into the shower, continuing to threaten the woman and her family.

Mosby allegedly told the woman he was going to check into a hospital for psychiatric treatment "so he had an alibi;" he left for a while, then returned. The couple then spent the weekend together, the report says, because the woman was afraid the abuse would continue.

Mosby's next court appearance has not been set.

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