VIDEO: Woman Chokes Out Bouncer She Mistakenly Thought Had Groped Her

Surveillance footage showed Kierah Lagrave as she choked a much-larger male bouncer until he fell unconscious.

Plattsburgh, NY – A New York woman choked a nightclub bouncer until he passed out, after she mistakenly believed he swatted her on her backside, according to police (video below).

Kierah Lagrave, 22, was arrested on a second-degree felony strangulation charge on Thursday, Newsweek reported.

The attack occurred at the Five1Eight nightclub at approximately 10:20 p.m. Oct. 20, according to the Press-Republican.

Surveillance footage from the club showed Lagrave, who stands just over five feet tall and weighs 125 pounds, standing with a female friend at the bar.

Lagrave began dancing, and her friend nonchalantly slapped her on the butt when Lagrave turned away from her.

"We were in the club, minding our own business and having fun," she told the Daily Mail. "And then I feel a full-on grab on my right side butt cheek."

Lagrave immediately stepped towards a nearby bouncer, wrapped her arms around his neck, and held on until the man lost consciousness and collapsed backwards onto the floor.

Her friend, who was ordering a drink, seemed to be unaware of the altercation taking place directly behind her until the bouncer hit the ground.

"My goal was not to hurt him," Lagrave told the Daily Mail. "But to ensure my own safety."

She explained that she was concerned the bouncer might have been trying to "slip something" into her drink.

"I wasn't going to take any chances," she said.

The bouncer later told police that he didn’t resist Lagrave because he thought she was one of his friends who was playing a joke on him, the Associated Press reported.

When questioned by police, Lagrave admitted she choked the bouncer after he grabbed her, the Press-Republican reported.

“The surveillance video clearly shows that Lagrave’s friend slapped her on the buttocks [beforehand],” Plattsburgh Police Chief Levi Ritter told the news outlet.

Lagrave maintains her claim that the bouncer grabbed her, and said the surveillance video captured the assault clearly, the Daily Mail reported.

"The bouncer was on my right side where I was grabbed," she said. "If my friend hit me, she would have hit my left side. Not grabbed my right."

Lagrave said that her friend told her she is "positive" that she never touched Lagrave's backside.

"She would have told me she did it and stopped everything from taking place," she added.

Lagrave also blamed the police for shaming her, and said that the town was simply believing the word of the bouncer because he is a man.

"People in this town have this mindset that men can do no wrong," she railed. "The police were just trying to shame me. They never once listened to me."

On Friday, Lagrave appeared in Plattsburgh City Court for her arraignment, Newsweek reported.

She was released on her own recognizance by Judge Mark Rogers, and is due back in court on Nov. 20.

She faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, the Daily Mail reported.

You can watch surveillance footage of the misdirected attack in the video below:

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She should be prosecuted by whatever law applies, but what i find funny is how the bouncer seemed to have thought because a woman was choking him, he didn't have to defend himself.

You can lift weights all you want, but there's no exercise that strengthens the carotid artery, dummy.


“The police were just trying to shame me.” Not necessary, you did that well enough on your own. Now off to the pokey with ya’.


I find it simply amazing that strangulation is so prevalent in New York that there's a specific statute to address it. Speechless, I am.


Not sure why she is trying to deny her friend touched her butt, it's obvious on the video what happened.

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Must be all those punching bags taught you all that combat stuff right Louis Cheech Malcolm X-Ray Bravo Foxtrot?

While I agree with your very first statement she needs to be prosecuted, and partially agree with your second, seriously, you mean to tell me a hot blonde grabs you around the neck at a club you would instantly go into fight mode? Says a lot about the kind of man you are if so. The bouncer did nothing to her, and had no reason to expect her to attack him. It doesn't take long to get choked out. I'll bet had a man grabbed him he would have reacted very differently. Maybe he wasn't trained good. But I'll bet you would have seen something different. Drunk chicks can do dumb stuff. Guess he didn't think she'd keep choking him. But typical of you to place the blame on the victim who didn't nothing wrong at all. What about the piece of shit blond not owning up to it, even though the video clearly shows the bouncer didn't touch her and her friend grabbed a hand full of ass. And that dumb ass friend of her's ought to be sued along with the dumb blonde. Why would she assume someone touched her and she apparently didn't see who, and then attack them before even speaking with them? Some people are pretty impressed with themselves and apparently this blonde just thinks she is that irresistible. Nothing makes a pretty girl more ugly than being a bitch like she was.

For all non law enforcement readers here, if someone walks up behind you and chokes you, your next move is to drop your center of gravity, move your chin toward their elbow to be able to break the hold, and roll them forward all at the same time.

What about if the rolls were reversed? What if a man did that to a woman? Man they'd want him lynched by sunset.