BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man who allegedly attacked a car with an axe was arrested for domestic battery and destruction of property, both misdemeanors.
Steven Arbogast, 36, of Buckhannon, and the victim were staying in a tent in Sago as boyfriend and girlfriend, according to the criminal complaint from the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. When they woke up on July 11, the victim told Arbogast she was tired of living in a tent and taking care of everybody else’s stuff, and that was when Arbogast allegedly grabbed her by the neck and started choking her, according to the criminal complaint.
During the altercation, the victim was able to get away from Arbogast. She got a few of her things together and went to her car. When she got inside the car, Arbogast allegedly took an axe and busted out the entire back glass of the vehicle and then came around to the front and busted out the windshield.
The victim left the Sago area and drove to her mother’s residence and called 911.
Lt. Mark Davis with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is the investigating officer. Magistrate Mike Coffman set the bond at $35,000 and ordered Arbogast to have no contact with the victim. If convicted, Arbogast will face up to one year in prison and/or a fine of $1,000 on each charge.