The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

February 25, 2014

Two charged over cellphone dispute

A Wyoming County couple were charged and another person was injured following a recent altercation over a cellphone.

According to a criminal complaint filed Feb. 19 in Wyo-ming County Magistrate Court by Mullens Police Department Chief Ray Toler and two other officers, the Wyoming Emergency Operations Center received a 911 call Feb. 12 from Alicia Tilley Chambers, 27, of Brenton, who reported that shots had been fired on Early Street in Mullens.

Police discovered Chambers and her boyfriend, Eugene Lane, 30, also of Brenton, on Early Street, along with Frankie Montrosse of Pineville, according to the complaint.

“The (officer) spoke with Frankie Montrosse, who stated that he had given Alicia Tilley a ride from Mullens to Pineville and back,” officers wrote.

According to the criminal complaint, Montrosse told police that Chambers had stolen his $500 phone from his vehicle and that he had confronted both Chambers and Lane about the missing phone.

Chambers had reported to Lane that Montrosse had given her the phone in exchange for sex, according to court documents.

She then told Montrosse she would give him the phone back for $150, according to police.

When Montrosse told her that he only had $50, the complaint read, Chambers agreed to return the phone for $50. Chambers allegedly walked to Montrosse’s truck to get the money. Montrosse had $50 in his hand, and Chambers had the phone to her ear.

As Montrosse reach-ed to get the phone, police charged, Lane allegedly grabbed Montrosse, placed him in a “head lock” and punched his eye.

Lane continued beating Montrosse, forcing him to the ground, according to the complaint.

In fear of his life, Montrosse pulled a weapon and fired twice toward a nearby river, police reported.

Chambers then used the cellphone to report the gunshots to police.

When police arrived, according to the complaint, Chambers reported that she had thrown the phone and was unable to find it.

Montrosse was taken via ambulance to Raleigh General Hospital to be treated for injuries.

Both Lane and Chambers were charg-ed with one count each of first-degree robbery and conspiracy, and Lane was also charged with malicious wounding.

Both were listed as inmates at Southern Regional Jail on Monday afternoon.

Bond for Lane was set at $25,000. A bail amount for Chambers, who was admitted under the name Alicia Tilley, was not published.

The victim’s condition was unknown Monday.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

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