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Webster County man arrested for allegedly choking Upshur woman until she lost consciousness

BUCKHANNON – A Webster County man was arrested after allegedly strangling his significant other after a dispute.

David P. Anderson, 26, of Diana, W.Va., was arrested for strangulation, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Upshur County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Theron Caynor, on Jan. 25, 2024, the victim gave a statement to police saying that she had asked her significant other, Anderson, to move out of the residence.

That residence is located in Upshur County.

Anderson then walked out of the living space to the garage with the victim’s cell phone and debit card, according to the report. The file says the victim followed Anderson out into the garage while asking for the items back.

The complaint says that when the victim turned to walk back into the residence, Anderson allegedly grabbed her by the throat and pushed her against the wall. According to the report, Anderson allegedly choked the victim until she became unconscious.

The victim further stated that when she regained consciousness, Anderson was allegedly slapping her face to wake her up. When the victim made her statement, she provided pictures of red marks around her throat area and medical records where she was seen by a doctor for neck pain following the incident, according to the file.

Bail was set at $50,000 cash or surety but was not listed on the West Virginia Regional Jail site as of Tuesday morning.

The potential penalty for a conviction of strangulation is a fine of not more than $2,500, imprisonment in a state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than five years, or both.

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