BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man was arrested after allegedly head-butting his girlfriend.
Michael Norman, 25, of Buckhannon, was arrested for domestic battery, third offense, a felony.
According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Trooper P.J. Robinette with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police on Jan. 11, 2020 at 3:05 p.m. Robinette received a domestic battery complaint as dispatched though the E911 Upshur County Communication Center.
Robinette responded and made contact with the victim, who stated her boyfriend, Norman, had allegedly grabbed her by the face and head-butted her during the course of a verbal argument.
According to the report, Robinette observed and photographed an injury to the victim’s eyebrow and bleeding from her nose, which the victim stated was the result of being head-butted. The victim stated the incident occurred at Norman’s residence in Buckhannon.
The victim also stated Norman’s father was present during the time of the alleged altercation and witnessed her being head butted, the complaint says.
When Robinette arrived at Norman’s residence and made contact with Norman and his father, the state trooper obtained a statement from the father in which he reportedly advised his son did head-butt the victim during a verbal altercation. According to the report, the father said both his son and the victim were flailing their arms at one another and in each other’s faces while arguing.
Robinette obtained information from the West Virginia Supreme Court Magistrate Portal I and discovered Norman had two prior domestic battery conviction dates of Feb. 5, 2019 and Oct. 15, 2019.
Bail was set at $25,000.
If convicted, Norman could face a penalty of confinement of not less than one year nor more than five years and the court may impose a fine of not less than $3,000 nor more than $5,000.