Bizarre New Details About The 77-Year-Old Man Who Strangled A 23-Year-Old Woman He Met Online Because She Rejected Him For Lying About His Age

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Alan Schmitt

According to police, he bought her over $400 in clothes.

A 77-year-old man was arrested after police say he strangled a woman he met online when she rejected him. 

WAVY reports that Alan Schmitt traveled over two hours from his home to meet a 23-year-old woman he connected with on Plenty of Fish, a popular dating website. According to the criminal complaint, when Schmitt showed up at the woman's house, he was much older than he made himself out to be. 

She told him she wasn't interested in him romantically but that they could still be friends. He then took her to the mall where he bought her over $400 worth of clothes. When they got back to her friend's house where she was staying, he said he wanted the clothes back, including the new shirt she was wearing.

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"She told him he could not have the shirt back," the complaint reads. "He grabbed her around the neck…he then threw her to the ground…and got on top of her…he proceeded to choke her causing her to struggle to breathe."

During the struggle, the victim told police her necklaces got torn off of her. 

Police said they saw her necklaces in pieces and observed small bleeding scratches around her neck. When asked for Schmitt's side of the story, this is what he told officers: 

“He went to get the clothes back, they started to argue, (she) stepped in front of him and pushed him in his face. He lost his balance and reached out, grabbing (her) by the neck. He was unsure as to how she ended up on the ground as well.”

The friend who the victim was staying with didn't want to be named but did say that she knows he strangled her. 

"I didn't get involved," she told WAVY. "He strangled her, he chocked her and that was the end of it. She is not coming back here. She is afraid."

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The next door neighbor claimed not to have known anything about the incident but said: “I think it is terrible to do something to a person like that…any man who would strangle a woman should be dealt with.” 

Schmitt still maintains that the woman used him to get her clothes. 

He was charged with a felony of strangling another causing wounds or injury. His next court date is Nov. 14. 

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