A 26-year-old Union man was charged with felony assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend.

Christopher E. Cairo is charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with second-degree domestic assault, a felony; and third-degree domestic assault, a misdemeanor.

The felony charge stems from a Saturday, Dec. 14, incident in which Cairo allegedly choked a 47-year-old woman at a Church Street residence.

Officers responded to the home at 11:07 p.m., according to Union police.

Authorities said the misdemeanor assault occurred when Cairo threw the cell phone of the victim into a toilet to prevent her from calling for help.