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Man indicted on abduction, strangulation charges

WOODSTOCK – A grand jury indicted a Rockingham County man Wednesday on charges of abduction and strangulation.

Daniel Scott Sherman, 32, of 20241 Crab Run Road, Bergton, stands charged in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on one count each of abduction, strangulation, domestic assault and damaging a telephone line to prevent someone from calling for help. Sherman remains free on bond and Judge Clark A. Ritchie scheduled the defendant’s next appearance in Shenandoah County Circuit Court for Oct. 3.

New Market police Officer G.A. Foss states in a criminal complaint with the arrest warrant that he spoke to the alleged victim on May 2. The woman stated that Sherman assaulted her on April 30.

The complaint states that victim told him that Sherman got mad at her over wanting more than what she had given him for a food order “and he threw the food across the room.”

“(She) stated Sherman grabbed her by (the) hair and threw her to the floor, shoving her face into the floor and covered her mouth and nose with his hand,” the complaint states, adding that “Sherman then began to choke her, threatening to kill her.”

The woman went on to tell the officer that she felt her body go limp and Sherman stopped assaulting her, according to the complaint. She told the officer Sherman took her cell phone and turned it off, preventing her from calling for help. Sherman stood in front of the door preventing her from leaving, the complaint states.

The officer saw bruising on the woman’s arms, chest, hip and neck, corroborating her statements, the complaint notes. Foss also saw two, small contusions on the woman’s head. The woman told the officer her neck was sore and she would need to seek medical treatment, the complaint states. The woman said she and Sherman lived together and they had been in a relationship since January.

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