UPDATE: Greenbrier County man accused of malicious assault indicted


February 5, 2020, 7:10 p.m. UPDATE: RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) — A man accused of malicious assault was indicted by a Grand Jury on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Billy Erskine was charged with malicious assault after a fight with a woman and attempted to run from police.

RAINELLE, WV (WVNS) — A Greenbrier County man is in jail after getting into a fight with a woman and running from police.

The incident happened on Sunday, December 15, 2019 in Rainelle. Officers received a call that Billy Lee Erskine got into a fight with a woman. According to court documents, the woman told police Erskine put his hands around her throat multiple times and threatened to kill her. She also told police Erskine would not let her leave.

Erskine was arrested and put in the police cruiser. While the officer was finishing up paperwork with the woman, Erskine kicked down the police cruiser window and ran away. Officers found him later that night and arrested him; however, Erskine lost the handcuffs.

Erskine was charged with strangulation, assault, domestic battery, and fleeing from officer. He is also charged with petit larceny and destruction of property for losing the handcuffs and kicking down the police cruiser window.

Erskine is in the Southern Regional Jail on a $7,500 bond.

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