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She passed out as her boyfriend strangled her at a Biloxi hotel, but it didn't end there, cops say

Ryan Wesley Chipman
Ryan Wesley Chipman

A woman met her boyfriend at a Coast hotel Sunday and ended up being attacked and held against her will, Biloxi police say.

Officers responded to a hotel in the 1700 block of U.S. 90 after receiving a call from a woman saying she'd been held against her will since 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Maj. Chris De Back said in a press release.

The woman, who is in her 30s, told police she was meeting 25-year-old Ryan Wesley Chipman, her boyfriend, at a hotel, but when she showed up, "he immediately began assaulting her several times by punching, slapping and strangling her," De Back said.

She lost consciousness, De Back said, and tried to call 911 several times, but Chipman wouldn't let her use the phone or leave the room.

The woman escaped while Chipman was in another room, and went to the hotel office and called police, De Back said.

Chipman, of Gulfport, was arrested at the hotel on charges of aggravated assault and kidnapping and is being held at the Harrison County jail on bonds totaling $300,000 set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.

The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for minor bruising, scratches and abrasions, De Back said.

According to Harrison County's online jail docket, Chipman was arrested by Biloxi police on Feb. 3 on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. De Back said the arrest stemmed from an alleged fight with a relative at a home.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Biloxi Police Departments Criminal Investigation Division at 228-435-6112, the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641, the Biloxi Criminal Investigations Division at 228-435-6112, the Biloxi Criminal Intelligence Unit at ciu@biloxi.ms.us, or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs
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