Man arrested after grabbing and choking woman

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested, after he was involved in a domestic fight on June 17, 2022. 

Police arrested 51-year-old Byron Ira on a warrant on charges of strangulation and domestic battery.

Byron Ira

According to a probable cause affidavit, on June 17th, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department was called to 270 block of Rawlins Mills Road after a report of a domestic fight. 

When officers arrived a woman told police Ira had grabbed her by the throat and pulled her hair. The two were arguing over some metal that was in the yard. The woman told police Ira grabbed her by the throat and her right arm. Police noted there was redness on her neck and right arm and some discoloration where Ira grabbed her.

Ira fled the scene before police arrived. 

A male witness told police Ira beats on the woman all the time. 

The woman refused to press battery charges.

The information was forwarded to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued for Ira’s arrest.

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