Man arrested after assaulting unconscious woman

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – A Beckley man was arrested after a woman told authorities he sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

This morning, officers responded to a Main Street apartment. There, a woman told officers that she passed out after using heroin and woke up to find herself partially unclothed.

Herman Reid told police that because he was also high at the time, he removed her pants and began to assault her while she was unconscious.

Reid was arrested for sexual assault. He’s at Southern Regional Jail awaiting arraignment.

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