BUCKHANNON — An argument over a debit card purchase turned physical Tuesday, as a Buckhannon man allegedly strangled his girlfriend and threw her against furniture over the incident.
Douglas Keith Bowser, 39, is now facing charges of strangulation and domestic battery following the physical altercation with his girlfriend on Sago Rd. According to the criminal complaint, Bowser used the victim’s debit card to make a cell phone payment, which resulted in a heated argument.
The victim informed Sgt. T. Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department that while she was sitting on the coach, the defendant held her down by placing both of his hands around her neck and his knee to her chest. Bowser allegedly continued strangling the victim and holding her in place with his knee until she became unconscious, according to court documents. Following the altercation on the couch, the victim reportedly tried exiting the home via the backdoor when the defendant confronted her on the back porch. At this time, Bowser reportedly picked the victim up and slammed her down on the porch furniture.
When the victim went to the Sheriff’s department to report the assault the next day, there was reportedly blue/green bruising on her right leg and left side. The victim stated that the bruising was caused from Bowser throwing her down on the porch.
If convicted of strangulation, Bowser faces 1-5 years in prison and/or a fine of no more than $2,500. He also faces up to 12 months in jail and/or up to a $500 fine for domestic battery if convicted. Bowser is being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $6,000 cash only bond set by Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis for these two new offenses that allegedly occurred while he was out on bond for recent charges.