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Buckhannon man arrested for alleged strangulation after reportedly looking through girlfriend’s phone

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested for allegedly attempting to strangle one person and then punching another.

Brock A. Hyre, 32, of Buckhannon, was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 30, for strangulation, a felony, and battery, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Trooper First Class F.J. Turansky with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, on Saturday, Nov. 29, Turansky was called to a residence located on Valley Green Drive in reference to a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, Turansky spoke with a distraught woman, who she said was in a relationship with Hyre. According to the report, Hyre got angry after reportedly looking through her phone. While the victim was lying on the bed, Hyre allegedly “mounted over the top of her body and began to strangle her,” and she then fell off the bed onto the ground,” the file states.

After the victim stood up, Hyre allegedly threw a full soda can at her, striking her in the hip and splitting the soda can in half. After the victim screamed for help, another male individual ran to the bedroom door, and Hyre opened the door and stated, “Let’s get it,” the complaint states. Hyre then began allegedly striking the male individual in the face.

While speaking with that male, Turansky observed a large bulge on the right side of his face and also obtained statements from additional witnesses on scene.

Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis set bail at $30,000 cash only, and as of Thursday, Dec. 1, Hyre remained incarcerated in Tygart Valley Regional Jail, according to the West Virginia Regional Jail & Correctional Facilities Authority.

The penalty for a conviction of strangulation is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years, a fine of up to $2,500, or both. The potential penalty for battery is confinement in jail for not more than 12 months, a fine of up to $500, or both.

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