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Coast Guard member charged with attacking woman in her home

MONTAUK, N.Y. (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard member beat a 67-year-old woman inside 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 (http://nwsdy.li/2qAhunY ).

He said McGee entered the home in Montauk on eastern Long Island through an unlocked rear door. Investigators said he beat the woman and choked her before she was able to escape, alerting her husband who was sleeping in another bedroom. Police said the attack lasted an “extended period.”

When police arrived, they kicked in the bedroom door and found McGee asleep in the woman’s 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 assault, burglary and resisting arrest.

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

“He’s 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, said his agency is cooperating with the investigation.

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

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