FAR ROCKAWAY — The executive director and founder of a youth group was arrested for choking a woman who he described as a "former friend" in his offices earlier this month, according to the criminal complaint.
Milan Taylor, 25, allegedly threw the female victim, whose age was not released, on to a couch in the offices of the Rockaway Youth Task Force at 19-20 Mott Ave., near Beach 20th Street, on June 5, at around 8:30 p.m., according to the criminal complaint.
Taylor then placed his hand on the victim's neck and choked her, the complaint said.
The victim's iPhone case was damaged during the struggle, police said.
Taylor, who founded the RYTF in 2010 and is also a member of Community Board 14, was charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and second degree harassment, according to the complaint.
The group was established the group to "empower youth in our local communities through civic engagement and volunteer opportunities," according to the website, and was active in recovery during Hurricane Sandy.
The group received grants through the Red Cross and has received funding from local politicians to support its efforts.
"The allegations aren't true, and I look forward to my day in court so I can be proven not guilty," Taylor told DNAinfo New York.
He said the alleged victim is a "former friend" who was not a member of the RYTF.
He is set to appear in court on July 22, according to the District Attorney Richard Brown's office.