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West Virginia man accused of strangling woman

By Joe Beck

A West Virginia man is in the Shenandoah County jail awaiting a court appearance on a charge of felony strangulation in an incident involving a 19-year-old woman from Sterling.

Robert David Delathouder, 39, of Romney, W.Va. also is charged with assault and battery, vandalism, public drunkenness and obstruction of justice.

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office Maj. Scott Proctor said Tuesday the victim was hospitalized with minor injuries as a result of a fight involving Delathouder and three others in the early morning hours of April 14.

Proctor said deputies arrived at the scene on Headley Road in Maurertown at about 2:30 a.m. in response to a report that Delathouder had damaged a door to a residence and attacked several people.

Proctor said Delathouder also assaulted a 32-year-old woman from Reston and 23-year-old Winchester man, neither of whom appeared to require treatment.

"Of course, the incident involved alcohol and apparently some kind of verbal altercation ensued where it was reported that the defendant assaulted these three people," Proctor said.

Authorities accuse Delathouder of choking the Sterling woman from behind during the fight.

Proctor said Delathouder left the crime scene before deputies arrived but was found on foot about 15 minutes later a short distance away.

Proctor said Delathouder ran into more trouble with authorities after his arrest. He was charged with obstruction of justice after his arrival at the jail.

"He refused to be cooperative in the booking area and had to be restrained," Proctor said.

Delathouder is being held in jail without bond. His next scheduled court date is 2 p.m. in Shenandoah County General District Court.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com


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