UPPER DARBY— A township man is accused of beating his 55-year-old mother on two different occasions in her Drexel Hill home Sunday — one time allegedly stepping on her throat to try to asphyxiate her, leading her to believe she was going to die, according to police.

Michael Markowski, 32, of the 700 block of Blythe Avenue, is now sitting at the county jail in Thornton for failing to post 10 percent of $50,000 following a July 1 preliminary arraignment on seven counts of alleged criminal activity including one felony charge of strangulation-applying pressure to throat and neck, two misdemeanor counts of simple assault and two summary citations for harassment. Misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief-damage property and terroristic threats round out the docket.

In the affidavit of probable cause filed by Officer Ryan Wiseley, he and two other officers responded to the victim’s house around 7:15 p.m. to answer to a report of a fight. The victim told police that her son, Markowski, had just left her home after assaulting her and taking her iPhone.

“(Victim) further stated that Markowski assaulted her earlier in the day and that she had left and returned, at which time Markowski agreed to stay away from her,” reads a portion of the affidavit. “(Victim) then said Markowski returned into her room while she was laying on her bed and flipped the bed over, stepping on her head and neck area, forcing her against the baseboard of the wall and the floor.”

Wiseley reported that she was unable to breath because of the strangulation and she “believed she was going to die.” Markowski allegedly hid his mother’s iPhone to prevent her from calling the police before fleeing the scene.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said she did not seek medical treatment for her injuries at this time, but Wiseley wrote in his affidavit that photographs of her visible injuries were taken consistent to what she wrote in her statement. The victim completed a domestic assault and PFA violence interview record.

Around 9:30 p.m., Markowski returned to his mother’s house by kicking down the front door, damage that was visible to police during this second call but not during the first, according to the affidavit. A police officer spoke with the victim who said she tried to “kick him out but Markowski was able to get in and began punching her in the head and face.” He fled the scene again.

After both of these recorded incidents, Markowski supposedly fled in a black Volkswagen station wagon.

Wiseley was in the 700 block of Belfield Avenue when he spotted a vehicle matching the description provided to police, the vehicle registered to Nicole Monastra, 31, who was later identified as Markowski’s girlfriend. The vehicle was stopped and was approached by Wiseley, “the smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.” Markowski was in the driver’s seat with Monastra in the back seat. He was arrested without incident. Wiseley noticed empty bags to store drugs and asked Monastra to exit the vehicle.

Inside the vehicle police found glass pipes to smoke narcotics. Monastra’s purse contained two clear bags containing blue wax paper stamped "MAYOR” which were supposedly filled with heroin, a large sandwich bag filled with 41 small bags of suspected marijuana and a pill bottle with 39 pills, some of them Xanax, according to the affidavit. Police said Monastra was also placed under arrest— at one point she escaped her handcuffs in the back of the police car on transport to headquarters which required backup when she kept resisting orders — and hit with four misdemeanor drug-related charges.

Chitwood said the alleged assault by Markowski may have been drug-related, but said anyone to beat up their mother is “unconscionable and unacceptable.”

“He is a true, true scumbag. He fits the definition,” said Chitwood Monday afternoon.

Markowski and Monastra are due for preliminary hearings before Magisterial District Judge Robert Radano on July 9.

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