SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. — Sleepy Hollow residents are still in shock over an incident Saturday in which 49-year-old Christopher Howson is accused of trying to strangle his wife, leaving her in critical condition.
Howson appeared in Sleepy Hollow Village Court Monday to answer charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree strangulation, both felonies. Police responding to a report of a domestic dispute at 127 New Broadway shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday found the 47-year-old wife unresponsive and in cardiac arrest.
She was still in critical condition at Phelps Memorial Hospital as of Monday morning.
A 41-year-old neighbor who baby-sat the woman's two daughters, ages 5 and 8, arrived for Howson's court appearance, saying she wanted to represent the neighborhood's concern for Howson's wife. The children were home at the time of the attack.
"We're very much in shock. The neighbors are scared — very shaken up over everything," the woman said. "She was a very sweet person."
A 19-year-old John Jay College student who lives a block from the Howson home also attended the appearance after hearing that Howson was a member of his parish, Immaculate Conception Church in Sleepy Hollow. The student said he was nervous and in shock that the incident happened so close to his home.
Attorney Ada Medina represents Howson, who will remain in the Westchester County jail until his next court appearance on Jan. 14.