FRONT ROYAL – Authorities are accusing a Warren County man of sexually assaulting and choking a woman in April.
A grand jury indicted Antonio Terrell Murray in Warren County Circuit Court on Monday on charges of violating a protective order, abduction, entering the home of the subject of a protective order, object sexual penetration and two counts of strangulation.
Murray, 30, of 34 N. Marshall St., Front Royal, remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail. Murray appeared in court for his indictment.
A criminal complaint states that Front Royal police responded to a report of a possible domestic situation at the Handy-Mart, 202 S. Commerce Ave., at approximately 5:45 a.m. April 10. The investigation revealed that Murray confronted a woman just outside the women’s bathroom, the complaint written by police detective Landin Waller states. Murray and the woman had previously been in a relationship, according to the complaint.
“Murray confronted (the woman) about texting another male and became upset, grabbed (the woman’s) neck with his hand, squeezed and shoved her & held her against the wall while temporarily depriving her of oxygen,” Waller states in the complaint.
Video surveillance footage corroborated the woman’s account of the incident, according to the complaint. Murray fled the scene before officers arrived.
Police responded approximately seven hours later to the woman’s residence for a report of a domestic dispute, the complaint states. The woman told officers that Murray startled her by appearing next to her while she was in the kitchen cooking. The woman said Murray took her phone from her hand, stating he only wanted to talk, according to the complaint. Murray grabbed her by the neck and started to choke her, the complaint states. The woman told Murray she needed to use the bathroom but he did not allow her and, eventually she urinated on herself, according to the complaint. Murray then pulled off her pants and then committed a sex act on the woman against her will, the complaint states.
Officers saw and photographed red marks on the woman’s next, arm and torso, according to the complaint.
A separate criminal complaint written by officer J.E. Fenton states that the woman said Murray was either still in the house or ran out the back door. Officers found Murray in the basement.
A checklist used by a magistrate to determine bail indicates Murray has a pending charge in Shenandoah County General District Court of providing false identification to a law-enforcement officer. Murray also is charged in Stafford General District Court with failing to appear for a scheduled date. The magistrate had Murray held without bail.