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Midland Man Behind Bars Facing Charges of Beating, Choking His Girlfriend on New Year’s Eve

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MIDLAND - A Midland man is behind bars for beating up and choking his girlfriend on New Year's Eve.

It happened around 4 a.m. at an apartment in the 1300 block of Latta Street.

A neighbor told police she could hear the victim being thrown around and screaming for help.

She also heard Roy Harrel, Junior, say he was going to kill her.

When an officer knocked on Harrel's door, there was no answer.

Police kicked in the front door and arrested Harrel.

The victim told officers he punched her in the face and took out the battery to her cell phone when she tried to call for help.

He also pinned her to the ground and choked her when she tried to leave.

Harrel is facing multiple charges for the attack including unlawful restraint.