BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County resident is awaiting arraignment at Tygart Valley Regional Jail after a domestic dispute on Tuesday, December 21.
Joshua David Phillips, age 35, is behind bars after an incident on Light Burn Street. Officers from the Buckhannon Police Department received a call referencing a domestic incident Tuesday afternoon. Sergeant Tom Posey responded to the call.
According to the criminal complaint, a verbal disagreement occurred over money lost to gambling. The victim was attempting to call her father, as a way of leaving the verbal altercation. That was when the defendant, later identified as Joshua Phillips, attempted to stop the victim from making the call by wrestling the phone away from her.
As stated in the complaint, during the struggle, the victim received a small laceration to her neck. The pair then left the home and continued the argument outside. When the victim continued to try and get her phone back, hitting and screaming ensued. Sgt. Posey arrived on scene to find the defendant was still in possession of the phone.
Phillips was taken into custody and is awaiting arraignment to receive a bail amount.