Elkins man charged with strangulation


ELKINS — A 57-year-old Elkins man is behind bars after being accused of felony strangulation.

Richard Lee Tinney is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond.

Tinney was arrested on Sunday after officers received a call stating that a women had been involved in a domestic situation but was now outside of Allegheny Apartments, according to the criminal complaint.

Upon Sgt. T.H. Foster’s arrival, he made contact with the alleged victim, who had blood running down from her nose to her mouth, the complaint states. She also allegedly had blood on the side of her head and her shirt, and blood was reported on the floorboard of the car.

The alleged victim stated that Tinney had pinned her to the wall and shoved his forearm in her throat, according to the police report. She then attempted to leave the building and upon exiting was allegedly shoved from behind by Tinney into a concrete wall and hit her face.

Tinney answered the door of the residence and was placed into hand restraints, the report states, adding that he bore the odor of an alcoholic beverage. He was then transported to the Elkins Police Department for processing, where he allegedly refused to sign finger print cards. He was then transported to the TVRJ, where he will be held until his release.

A hospital report on Monday showed evidence of a thyroid cartilage fracture of the neck to the alleged victim, police said.


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