Man taken into custody on warrants for attacking ex-girlfriend

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A man wanted on multiple outstanding warrants for attacking his ex-girlfriend was found with her in Rome on Friday, despite being court-ordered to stay away, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said William H. West, 31, of Rome, visited his ex-girlfriend at about 6:30 p.m. April 20 despite an order of protection filed against him. Police said the woman drove West to get food and he started arguing with her in the vehicle. Police said West threatened to kill the woman and poked her in the head.

When she told him to get out of the vehicle, police said West refused and put her in a headlock. The woman started screaming and authorities said West fled. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

At about 1:10 p.m. May 11, police said West returned to the woman’s home and forced his way inside when she answered the front door.

Police said West attacked the woman, knocking her to the ground and choking her. Police said West put his knee on the woman’s chest and he slapped her.

The woman managed to get West outside, at which point police said she went back inside and locked the door. Another warrant was issued for West.

On Friday, Oct. 8, police said the woman was pulled over on East Court Street at about 4:30 p.m. and West was a passenger in the vehicle. Police said West gave the officers a fake name, but his true identity was discovered. West was taken into custody on all of his outstanding charges.

Police said West is charged with two counts of felony first-degree contempt and one count each of second-degree burglary, criminal obstruction of breathing, second-degree contempt, second-degree harassment and false personation. He is scheduled to appear in City Court.

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