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Parkersburg man facing strangulation, firearm charges

Robert Charles Shelton

PARKERSBURG — A Parkersburg man was arrested over the weekend after an incident involving violence and firearm use which put the female victim in the hospital.

Robert Charles Shelton, 40, 513 Reed St., Parkersburg, allegedly attacked his girlfriend, held her down on a couch, placed her hands behind her back and handcuffed them, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Wood County Magistrate Court.

Shelton put a pistol in her mouth and said he was going to kill her, hit her several times with the firearm and stomped on her head while she was on the ground, the complaint said.

The victim was able to escape from the handcuffs jumped out a second story window and contacted a neighbor to call 911, according to the complaint.

“The physical abuse went on for several hours, according to (the victim) before she was able to get away,” the complaint said.

Shelton had allegedly fled the scene before officers arrived and the victim was taken to the hospital, according to the complaint said.

According to the Wood County Magistrate Court, Shelton was too combative to arraign.

He is being charged with strangulation and wanton endangerment with a firearm and was being held at North Central Regional Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

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

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