A Chapel Hill man is facing charges after reportedly strangling a female victim.
Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says Chapel Hill Police received a report of the assault on Tuesday.
“The victim reported an incident from the previous day that she said occurred Monday mid-day,” Mecimore says, “where the suspect, it looks like, grabbed her from behind, strangled her from behind.”
Mecimore says it appears the suspect and victim had been in a previous relationship.
Police have arrested 33-year-old Phillip Rashan Walker in connection with the assault.
Mecimore says Walker has also been charged with communicating threats and cyberstalking.
“It looks like he’s also been contacting her via text and messages on social media platforms where he’s made some threatening comments,” Mecimore says.
The arrest report lists Walker’s employer as UNC Hospital but also says he is unemployed. Mecimore says that means he was likely either formerly or is currently employed by UNC Hospital.
The report says Walker was charged with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor charges of assault on a female, communicating threats and cyberstalking.
Mecimore says there was evidence of the assault but no injuries that appeared to be life-threatening.
Walker was held in the Orange County Jail without bond and was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.
The Compass Center for Women and Families offers a 24-hour domestic violence hotline at (919) 929-7122.