Police nab Newton strangler

Police located and arrested the man Tuesday accused of strangling a 73-year-old woman to unconsciousness before stealing firearms from her apartment.

Newton Police charged Austin O’Brian Chislom, 17, of Newton, with attempted first-degree murder Tuesday after he and two others choked, strangled and stole from a Newton woman he lived beside nearly two weeks ago.

Chislom is also charged with assault by strangulation, breaking and entering, common law forgery, first-degree kidnapping, larceny of a firearm, larceny after breaking and entering and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is being held in the Catawba County jail without bond.

Newton Police Chief Don Brown said Chislom’s family contacted officers and informed them of the wanted man’s whereabouts.

“His family contacted our officers, who called them and confirmed that with Chislom himself,” Brown said. “They did then make arrangements to go get him.”

With help from the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, Newton Police located and arrested Chislom. He turned himself over to police peacefully and without incident, authorities said.

Chislom’s first-degree kidnapping charge stems from “the way things took place at the scene,” Brown said.

The incident
On June 28, Brown said a juvenile female first entered the apartment at 730 S. Cline Ave. to let Chislom and Austin Sinclair Anthony, 22, of Maiden, inside. Brown said one of the suspects then grabbed the victim around the neck from behind, dragging her to the floor and strangling her to unconsciousness. The suspects then stole two firearms from the residence.

The woman called police when she regained consciousness, but the suspects already left the scene by the time officers arrived, Brown said. The elderly female was transported to Frye Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released.

Brown said the strangled woman was familiar with all of the suspects, adding that Chislom lived in the same apartment complex as the victim.

Before arresting Chislom on Tuesday, Newton Police took the juvenile female suspect into custody just hours after the incident occurred.

On July 1, police arrested and charged Anthony with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping, common law robbery, felony breaking and entering, assault by strangulation, two counts of larceny of a firearm, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and larceny after breaking and entering. He is being held in Catawba County Jail without bond.

Brown said officers have yet to locate the stolen firearms.

“Locating those firearms is certainly a priority for us right now,” Brown said.