Deputies: Mount Jackson man held woman at knifepoint

Wesley Adam Lear

A Mount Jackson man was arrested twice Sunday, first after law enforcement officials accused him of holding a woman against her will for hours and the second time after he ran from deputies.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies arrested 31-year-old Wesley Adam Lear on charges of assault and battery, assault by strangulation, abduction and malicious wounding at his Sycamore Road residence. They quickly added felony escape to Lear’s charges when, after being seen by a magistrate at a processing center in Woodstock, Lear broke away from a deputy who was attempting to place him in a transport vehicle to go to the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, Dellinger said.

Lear, who was in restraints and never out of sight of deputies, ran east on Court Street about a block before he tripped on a nearby dog and was taken back into custody. Lear suffered a laceration to his knee.

The 26-year-old woman, a member of Lear’s family, told deputies she and the defendant began to argue about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

“She attempted to get her phone to call for help and he grabbed her around the throat area to the point where she almost passed out,” Dellinger said.

For the next several hours, Lear would not allow the woman to leave or call for help. He used a knife in a threatening manner. The woman suffered a small laceration to the head but declined medical treatment, Dellinger said.

She was able to break free about 7 a.m. and call for help.

Dellinger said he was not aware of any previous calls for help to the Sheriff’s Office regarding the two.

Lear remained at the regional jail on Monday afternoon without bond, according to the booking department at the jail. He is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Oct. 19, Dellinger said.