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Virginia man arrested for allegedly attacking his female companion

Ritchie Lee Triplett

A Virginia man has been arrested for allegedly attacking his traveling companion.

A witness told Sumter County sheriff’s deputies that a man, later identified as Ritchie Lee Triplett, 60, of Winchester, Virginia, was strangling a woman who was riding in a truck with him at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday when they entered the parking lot of Love’s Travel Stop in Bushnell.

When an officer intervened, the woman was crying and Triplett, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds, admitted to strangling her, according to an arrest report.

The woman told officers there had been “a lot of tension between” them.

Triplett was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge. He was booked into the Sumter County Detention Center and released on $2,500 bail.