Man accused of rape, strangulation is free on bail

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PITTSFIELD — A city man who is facing multiple felony counts in New York, including charges of rape, assault and strangulation, is free after posting $35,000 bail.

Gabriel Ecklund, 35, originally had been held without bail after his Aug. 22 arraignment in Rensselaer County Supreme Court.

Bail was set Friday, according to information from the Rensselaer County Clerk's Office, and has since been posted.

The charges against Ecklund cover a period from March 3 to Aug. 14 in at least five incidents in Troy, N.Y., during that time. Seven of the 25 charges are felonies.

The charges, documented in a 16-page indictment, include rape, strangulation, assault and larceny, all apparently involving the same victim, whose name had been redacted.

Ecklund has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts: five counts of assault; four counts of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood flow; four counts of second-degree harassment; one count of rape; two counts of endangering the welfare of a child; two counts of strangulation; one count of larceny; two counts of stalking; and four counts of criminal contempt.

If convicted on the most serious count, rape, Ecklund faces up to 25 years in prison.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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