FAIRMONT — A 31-year-old Fairmont man accused of strangling his girlfriend July 3 in Fairmont faces a preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in Marion County Magistrate Court, according to a criminal complaint and court records.
The complaint states that Rusty Allen Baker of 125 May St., Fairmont is charged with felony strangulation and grand larceny.
According to the court papers, a Fairmont Police Department patrolman was dispatched July 3 to 125 May St. for the report of a stolen vehicle. Upon arrival, the person identified in the court papers as the victim stated that her boyfriend, Rusty Baker, had strangled her in the bathroom, causing her not to be able breathe, the complaint states.
The court papers state that Baker then took the victim’s vehicle without her permission and left in an unknown direction.
Police said there were visible marks on the victim’s throat and arms, and the victim told police that she and Baker had been dating for approximately seven years and have a child together.
Court records show Baker’s bail was set at $50,012. He is in North Central Regional Jail.
His preliminary hearing is before Marion County Magistrate William T. Holmes.
In a separate criminal complaint, Baker is charged with grand larceny in connection with a stolen ATV. Court records show he faces a preliminary hearing before Marion County Magistrate Todd Rundle at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 16 in this case.
This complaint lists his address as 772 Buffalo Brink Rd. in Mannington.
According to the court papers, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke with someone July 13 in reference to a stolen ATV.
The man stated he saw Rusty Baker take the vehicle from his residence, the complaint states.
He said that he did not give Baker permission to take the vehicle, which he said was worth more than $1,000. The man also stated that Baker had brought a baseball bat with him and “waved it around in a threatening manner to him and his family members,” according to the complaint.
Court records show Baker’s bail was set at $50,012 for this case.