Man chokes, threatens to kill girlfriend

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A domestic dispute became heated when an Eatonton man allegedly strangled and threatened to kill his girlfriend who was trying to take a break from the relationship.

According to an article in the Athens Banner-Herald, the man was arrested following the incident. Athens-Clarke County Police said the man held a gun to the woman’s head and threatened to kill her. He also strangled her.

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According to police, the alleged assault happened last Friday night at the victim’s home. She is 44-years-old and lives on Cedar Shoals Drive in Athens.

The police report indicates the victim had been dating Eric Lanier Cross of Eatonton, but because the two haven’t been getting along lately, she wanted to take a break from their relationship. She agreed to let him come over to her home Friday afternoon, and as soon as he arrived at her apartment, he allegedly shoved her against a wall and started choking her.

“While being strangled, the woman lost consciousness for an estimated five to seven minutes, police said. She reportedly awoke to find Cross standing over her, pointing a gun and threatening to kill her if she told police about what happened,” the article reads.  “Cross also allegedly stomped on the woman’s chest and threatened to ‘put her out of her misery,’ according to police.”

Following the incident, the victim drove herself to the eastside police precinct to report the alleged assault. When she arrived, police noted that her neck was bruised and swollen, consistent with her story.

Police obtained warrants charging Cross with two counts of aggravated assault – one for allegedly strangling the victim and the other for threatening her with a gun, the article reads.

Cross was booked into the Clarke County Jail Monday afternoon and was released the next day after posting bail.

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