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Two Parkersburg men arrested in strangulation incidents

Dustin Michael Halko

PARKERSBURG — Two men were arrested this week after allegedly strangling their girlfriends.

In August 2020, Dustin Michael Halko, 29, 708 13th St., Parkersburg, allegedly strangled his girlfriend during an argument, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court.

The victim went to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center for treatment then was flown by medical helicopter to Morgantown due to the severe injuries to her neck, the complaint said.

Halko and the victim lived together and the evidence came from medical records and the victim’s statement, the complaint said.

Halko is also facing a burglary charge. He was being held at North Central Regional Jail on a $20,000 surety bond.

Dustin Dewayne Metz

Following a separate incident, Dustin Dewayne Metz, 37, 2522 10th Ave., Parkersburg, was arrested after allegedly strangling his girlfriend, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court.

On Monday, law enforcement responded to Metz’s residence after a domestic dispute call, the complaint said.

The victim said she and Metz were arguing before he threw her on the couch and placed both hands around her neck, the complaint said.

Metz admitted to covering her nose and mouth but claimed he thought it was only for a few seconds, the complaint said.

He is being charged with strangulation and was being held without bond at North Central Regional Jail.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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