It’s complicated: Facebook status fuels fight said:A war of words began between a Bowling Green couple when a man refused to change his Facebook status from “single” to “in a relationship.”
The fight turned physical Tuesday, and now Tristan Neal, 21, is charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), according to Bowling Green Police Department records.
Neal’s girlfriend, whose name was redacted from police records, called police to the Greenview Regional Hospital emergency room, where she was being treated for injuries that she claims Neal inflicted during their argument.
She told police that Neal slapped her face, pulled a gun on her and struck her arm with the handgun. She alleges that Neal refused to let her leave or call for help until she began to cry loudly and told him that she needed him to drive her to the hospital because her tattoo was infected. Neal drove her to the hospital.
Police noted that the woman had a small scratch on her face and a 1- to 2-inch abrasion on her upper left arm that appeared to be fingernail scratches. She told police that Neal held her at gunpoint and said “you are about to die tonight,” according to police records.
The emergency room doctor told police that the woman did not have any deep bruising and she had no other injuries.
Police then talked to Neal at his 3218 Cave Springs Ave. apartment. He told police that the argument started over his Facebook status and during the argument his 310-pound girlfriend became extremely upset, pushed him onto the couch, sat down on his lap and refused to get up, according to police records.
Neal, who weighs 175 pounds, said that in an attempt to get up, he grabbed the woman by the arms and pushed her away. He was unable to explain how the woman’s face and arm were injured. He also denied the allegations about the gun.
Neal gave police consent to search his apartment, where a handgun was found in a kitchen drawer with the magazine removed. Police photographed the scene, took the firearm as evidence and charged Neal with fourth-degree assault.
Neal was taken to Warren County Regional Jail, where he posted a $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to be in Warren District Court on Oct. 5.