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Joppa man accused of pistol-whipping, choking relative

A Joppa man with an extensive criminal history was accused of threatening a relative with a handgun and choking her Saturday night, according to charging documents.

Baraat Bin Warthen, 34, of the 100 block of Philadelphia Road, allegedly confronted the woman at about 10:30 p.m. at the same address after she tried to leave "due to activities that were ongoing at the residence," according to the statement of charges.

The statement said the woman told police the next morning that when she tried to recover some items, Warthen put a gun to her head and asked, "Are you gonna snitch on me, [expletive]?"

He then allegedly hit her in the head with the gun and dragged her into the living room while threatening to kill her if she went to the police. He also choked her until she believes she lost consciousness, according to the report.

The woman then left in a cab that had been waiting for her and went to a hotel, according to the report. The driver told police she had visible signs of injury.

Warthen has 36 prior arrests and 14 convictions, Harford County District Court Judge Lawrence Lanahan Jr., said during a bail review Tuesday.

Warthen was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Lanahan ordered him held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

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