CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Lincoln County man smashed open his girlfriend's front door with a propane tank when she locked him out before trying to take her purse, police say.
Charleston Police Department Cpl. T.A. Van Horn responded to a disturbance at 841 Oakwood Road Apt. A in Charleston at about 8 p.m. Saturday.
Kelly Cottrell said she got into an argument with her boyfriend, Johnnie Franklin Chandler, because he took her phone and wouldn't give it back, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Cottrell locked her boyfriend out when she went onto her porch and he followed her. Chandler, 40, of Alum Creek, then allegedly took a propane tank off a grill and smashed the door in.
Inside, Chandler screamed at Cottrell and began shaking her. He grabbed her purse and tried to take it, but she snatched it back, according to the criminal complaint.
Chandler allegedly put his hands around Cottrell's neck and started to choke her. He stopped choking her but put his fingers in her mouth, cutting her and drawing blood, according to the complaint.
Cottrell said she then ran to her bedroom and sprayed Chandler with a can of Mace to escape.
Chandler fled after Cottrell called police. Van Horn arrested Chandler a short time later and charged him with burglary, which is a felony.Chandler was being held Monday in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bail.