Charges dismissed against Newport News man accused of choking woman

Raheem Perkins (Photo: Newport News police)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The charges against a man accused of hitting a woman with a belt and choking her last year were dismissed this month.

Police say on Dec. 13, 2016, officers were called to Colony Road for a reported assault. Police spoke with the victim, a 33-year-old Newport News woman, who said she had been assaulted by a man, identified as 35-year-old Raheem Perkins. She said the assaults began after an argument and continued for two days, but that she was able to get away from Perkins when they went to a local shopping center.

Police say the woman had several bruises across her body.

Perkins was arrested and charged with malicious wounding, impeding blood/respiratory circulation and abduction. During a court hearing on October 11, the charges were nolle prossed, or dismissed.