RUPERT — A Rupert man who police say choked a girl and cut her with a piece of glass after she rebuffed his advances is charged with felony injury to a child.
Case Weems, 18, was charged after a 16-year-old girl told police she had been communicating with Weems, whom she knew as Josh, on Facebook Messenger.
The girl said she met Weems at a shed near Ridley’s Family Market. While the two were inside the shed, the girl said, Weems started kissing her, and when she told him to stop and hit him with her elbow, he threw her to the ground and started to choke her. The girl said she was unable to speak while he was choking her and started to black out.
The girl said she picked up a broken piece of glass from the ground and cut him on the hand to get him to stop choking her. She said he then cut her with a piece of glass during the struggle.
The girl told police she took a piece of glass with her when she left the shed because she was fearful she would be assaulted again.
Detectives found blood and broken glass inside the shed. Detectives spoke with Weems, who was at the hospital emergency room being treated for cuts on his hand.
Weems told police he fell near Ridley’s and cut his hand on broken glass. He denied going into a shed or being with anyone.