KINGWOOD — The woman Virgil Lee Hall is accused of assaulting was trying to take him home to avoid a confrontation when he attacked her, according to a criminal complaint.

Hall, 44, of Bruceton Mills, surrendered to Preston County Sheriff’s deputies Dec. 4 and was lodged in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail without bond. He is charged with attempted second-degree murder, malicious wounding, kidnapping and strangulation.

He also faces charges in Pennsylvania and is charged as a fugitive from justice. An extradition hearing is set.

According to the criminal complaint: Around midnight Nov. 18, the victim was at the Post Office bar with friends.

Hall came to the bar and began an argument with the victim and her friends. The woman said Hall behaved oddly, started arguments for no reason and “was irate beyond his normal temper.”

To protect her friends, she decided to take Hall to his home. He refused to be driven, removed her from the driver’s seat and forced her to stay in the vehicle.

At one point, she escaped the truck, but he forced her back inside and drove until the truck died. Hall then dragged the woman to his home, throwing her into bushes and trees, breaking one of her ribs. At one point, he choked her until she couldn’t breathe.

Inside the house, he held a .38 caliber revolver to her head, pinning her to the bed, while pleading with God to give him a sign so he could finish killing her. Then Hall said he was tired and had to tie her up so he could kill her later.

He forced the woman to strip to her underwear and held her close as he fell asleep. Once he was asleep, she escaped to a friend’s house.