Victim: Meth use led to domestic dispute

BUCKHANNON —  A man who was allegedly on meth was arrested after chasing his wife around a trailer park and trying to choke her.
On April 10, Jason Wayne Strawderman, 41, of Buckhannon, allegedly physically attacked his wife at their residence around
9:30 p.m., according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.
The victim stated that her husband was accusing her of cheating and being untruthful and began tearing up pictures and punching holes in the wall before falling asleep.
The victim then stated she went through Strawderman’s phone and found pictures and videos of herself taken while she was asleep without her permission. The victim began yelling, which woke up her husband, and he allegedly flew into a violent rage, physically assaulting her, according to the criminal complaint.
The victim began screaming for Strawderman not to hit her, and he left the bedroom but found a kitchen knife and threatened to kill himself. However, Strawderman then walked back to the bedroom and allegedly threatened to kill his wife.
The couple’s 16-year-old child intervened and asked his father to stop and to please leave.
Strawderman asked his wife for the keys to the family vehicle, but the victim said she didn’t know where they were. He than began cussing and choking the victim before going out to look for the keys himself, according to the complaint.
The victim tried to run out the back door of the residence but Strawderman allegedly caught her and dragged her back inside by placing her in a choke hold. However, the victim escaped and Strawderman chased her around the neighbor’s trailers in Meadowlands Trailer Park. Strawderman yelled for help and for someone to call 911 at which point a neighbor, Andrew Lincicome, hit Strawderman, which caused him to stop chasing the victim, according to the complaint. Lincicome told the victim to go back inside her residence. The victim locked Strawderman out of the residence but he allegedly broke the glass out of the back door to regain entry and kicked in the bathroom door where his wife was hiding and put her in a choke hold. At that point, the 16-year-old located the keys to the vehicle and Strawderman left in the vehicle.
Cpl. T.A. Menendez with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police and Cpl. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 911 call and both observed bruising on Strawderman’s right cheek and redness on her neck and arms.
The victim advised that Strawderman had been using meth and that he “normally is a very good husband and father,” according to the criminal complaint.
Menendez arrested Strawderman Friday for domestic battery and domestic assault, both misdemeanors.
Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $25,000 cash or surety for each count and ordered Strawderman to have no contact with the victim. If convicted, Strawderman faces confinement in jail for up to a year and/or a fine of not more than $500 for domestic battery and up to six months in jail and/or fined not more than $100 for domestic assault.

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