By Jessica Farrish
A Beckley man was arraigned Tuesday morning in Raleigh County Magistrate Court hours after police arrested him for reportedly choking his girlfriend.
According to Beckley Police Cpl. J.D. Ford, Anthony Kermit Rose, 28, of 1515 Harper Road, began arguing with his girlfriend, Ann Raynes, around 9:30 a.m.
Raynes told police Rose was out of synthetic marijuana and that the argument became physical.
She added that Rose struck her multiple times on the head.
When Raynes tried to call police, according to the report, Rose took the phone away from her and began battering her with it.
He also choked her “for a long duration,” according to the report.
Rose’s mother awakened and heard the altercation and called 911, police reported.
Rose, however, told police he did not remember the incident, Ford stated.
At his arraignment, Rose told Raleigh Magistrate Steve Massie that he was not currently paying rent or utilities at the residence and that he did not have a job and was not currently making any vehicle payments. He receives $360 per month in food stamps for himself and his two children, ages 7 and four, he told Massie.
“I was in the wrong, definitely,” Rose said. “I won’t deny that. I have been trying here lately —”
Massie interrupted Rose’s impromptu statement to the court and notified him of his right to be represented by a defense attorney.
Massie set bail at $25,000.