Webster Springs man charged with strangulation


BUCKHANNON — A Webster Springs man who allegedly threatened to kill his wife was arrested on several offenses over the weekend.

John Jason Hamrick, 45, was arrested for strangulation, a felony; and domestic assault and domestic battery, both misdemeanors.

On Sept. 27, Cpl. Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department and Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded to a third-party E-911 call about an active physical domestic disturbance, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

The caller stated that Hamrick was inside a residence at 40 Angler St. Officers detained Hamrick as he was trying to get in a vehicle outside the residence. The mother of the victim alleged she witnessed Hamrick grab and squeeze the victim who was his wife. When the mother of the victim returned to the room with a cell phone and said she would call E-911, Hamrick allegedly said he would kill the victim if she did that, according to the criminal complaint.

The victim then screamed not to call the police because Hamrick had scissors in his hand.

The victim told police that Hamrick became upset when she would not go back to Webster Springs with him and that Hamrick allegeldy grabbed her and held her down on the bed with his hand on her throat and chest.

The victim stated that Hamrick’s pressure on her neck and chest made it hard for her to breathe. The victim also said that Hamrick held the scissors in his hand and she feared for her life and her mother’s life.

Hamrick was arraigned Monday from Lewis County Magistrate Court where bond was set at $75,012.


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