Wheeling police arrested Albert Will Wednesday afternoon after a woman claimed he severely beat her when she tried to take his bottle of vodka.
The 48-year-old Wheeling resident, however, had not been formally charged in connection with the alleged beating as of press time. Officers took him into custody on charges of public intoxication and refusal to obey a lawful order.
Deputy Police Chief Martin Kimball said the alleged victim arrived at police headquarters around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and told officers Will attacked her hours earlier. The woman reported she, Will and another individual were drinking at an underpass near 19th Street late Tuesday afternoon. When she attempted to leave the area with a bottle of vodka that Will claimed belonged to him, he allegedly tackled her to the ground and repeatedly punched her in the face and head before the third individual separated the two.
Kimball said the staff at Ohio Valley Medical Center reported the woman sustained serious injuries, but she refused additional treatment and was released.
At press time, Will remained lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville in lieu of $1,000 bond.