A 47-year-old Fairfield man was arrested Friday night after a dispute in which he allegedly tired to strangle and suffocate his girlfriend.

David Keiser of Alvin Street was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and unlawful restraint after he allegedly attacked his girlfriend at her Schiller Road home at 7:52 p.m., police said.

Keiser and his 49-year-old girlfriend have been dating off and on for the past few years, police said, and she was trying to break up with him. While yelling at her, he allegedly started to strangle her. He also allegedly threatened to kill her and attempted to suffocate her with a sofa pillow.

A third party reported the incident to police, and when officers arrived they found the shaken woman had red marks around her neck.

Keiser, meanwhile, fled, police said.

Fairfield police detectives tracked Keiser to his father's house in Seymour, where he was taken into custody and brought to police headquarters. He initially was held on $200,000 bond, later reduced by the bond commissioner $75,000, He subsequently was released.

He was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court.