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Coast guard member charged with attacking the woman in her home

MONTAUK, new york – A U.S. Coast Guard member struck a 67-year-old woman in her New York home and was arrested while sleeping in her bed, authorities said.

Matthew Patrick McGee, 22, appeared to be under the influence of drugs, alcohol or a combination when he was arrested late Saturday night, East Hampton Police Capt. Christopher Anderson told Newsday .

He said McGee entered at home in Montauk in the east of Long Island through a rear door open. Investigators said he punched the woman and choked her before she was able to escape, the warning of her husband, who was sleeping in another bedroom. The police said that the attack lasted for an “extended period.”

When police arrived, they kicked in the bedroom door and found McGee asleep in her bed.

The victim was treated at a hospital for her injuries and released Sunday morning.

McGee, who has no criminal record, was arraigned Monday on charges including violence, burglary and resisting arrest.

Attorney Brian DeSesa said that his client does not remember what happened.

“He is still trying to figure everything out,” DeSesa said.

Coast guard officials say McGee is assigned to the Montauk station. Senior Chief Petty Officer Eric Best who is in charge of the station, and said that his office is cooperating with the investigation.

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Information: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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