Richmond Police recently responded to an alleged domestic assault which occurred at a Cottonwood Drive residence.
According to the arrest citation, the victim told officers that Jeffery Cope strangled them following an argument. Earlier in the day, Cope and a relative of the victim had gotten involved in an argument which ended after the relative left for work.
It was at this time that Cope reportedly began arguing with the victim. During this incident, Cope allegedly started choking the victim. According to the victim and a witness, Cope then pulled out a knife and claimed that he was going to cut the victim and their relative.
Further reading of the citation indicates that the victim convinced Cope that they were going to get coffee, but they instead went to call for police assistance.
When officials arrived at the scene of the alleged crime, Cope reportedly told police that he had been involved in an argument with the victim’s relative for most of the day. According to police, Cope claimed that the victim got between the two and he pushed them away, but that he never strangled them.
Authorities arrested Cope and charged him with 1st Degree Strangulation, 4th Degree Assault, and 3rd Degree Terroristic Threatening.