Vallonia man arrested for battery

Staff Writer Kate Wehlann

David Cox, 29, Vallonia, was arrested for battery, interference with the reporting of a crime and invasion of privacy after beating his girlfriend and breaking her phone so she couldn’t call for help.

Salem Police Officer Natalie Boling was called to a verbal altercation on Colony Drive just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

A man, later identified as Cox, was arguing with the homeowner’s daughter, his girlfriend. The woman told Boling she had been staying with Cox the night before and he had been abusive, hitting and choking her, punching her in the head, pushing her to the ground, kicking her and burning her with cigarettes. She said she was clean, but Cox gets angry when he is using drugs. She said the fight had gone on for about two hours and that Cox had broken her phone so she couldn’t call police. Eventually, the woman was able to escape with her child and went to her parents’ house.

Cox showed up later at her parents’ home, trying to fight with her, but her father called the police and Cox left in a black Chevy Sonic. She and her father later went with Boling to the police department to have her bruises photographed for evidence and to fill out a voluntary statement. Her father wanted Cox trespassed from his property.

Just after 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 8, Boling found the car Cox was described leaving in parked in Southway Villa. Cox was underneath, working on the vehicle. Boling informed him he was criminally trespassed from the property on Colony drive and would be arrested if he returned. Cox said he understood.

Around 6 p.m. that day, Boling received a call from the woman Cox is accused of beating, asking if there was a way to drop the report, saying her parents wanted her to drop the report because if Cox went to jail, he wouldn’t be able to pay child support. Boling said in her report that the woman told her her parents would kick her out of their house if the report wasn’t dropped.

Boling requested a warrant for Cox’s arrest and he was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and preliminarily charged with battery resulting in bodily injury, interference with the reporting of a crime and invasion of privacy.


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