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Multiple Charges For Domestic Violence Suspect

LaGrange Police have arrested a local man on several charges, after the wanted man allegedly became involved in a domestic dispute.

Tuesday morning about 11:43 a.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to On Time Automotive on South Harlem Circle in reference to reports of a domestic violence incident.

Police were advised via Troup 911 that the female complainant had been struck by the father of her child, Amos Lashante Cook. Officers were also informed that Cook had an active warrant for his arrest through Superior Court.

Officers arrived at the garage and learned that Cook left the location, headed toward the library on Alford Street.

Cook was later located in the parking lot of the library and taken into custody on a warrant for Contempt of Court.

When questioned about the domestic incident, Cook claimed that he and the female were arguing while they were driving toward On Time Automotive, where he works. He stated that after they arrived, she asked him to take her to his house, but he refused, so she got out of the car.

Cook then claimed that the female then started walking down the street and she yelled that he was going to jail. Cook later denied hitting her and claimed that if there are any marks on her they were self-inflicted.

Police later spoke with the female victim, who they say appeared to have been crying due to redness and swelling around her eyes. The victim stated she and Cook were driving toward on South Harlem Circle when they began to argue about who they were they were currently dating. She stated Cook then became irate and hit her in the mouth. She stated that once they stopped, she got out of the car and walked to back to North Davis Road.

Police say the female had swelling and a cut on the inside of her upper lip that was consistent with having been struck with a closed fist. This evidence led police to believe that Cook did in fact strike the female, so he was placed under arrest for Battery.

While searching Cook to arrest, officers located a small plastic baggie containing a small amount of suspected marijuana in his right front pants pocket, which was confiscated and taken into evidence.

As result, Cook, age 37, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where he was booked into the jail and charged with Battery – Family Violence Act, Possession of Marijuana – Less than an Ounce, and Felony Contempt of Court.

Cook is currently being held at the Troup County Jail where he was denied bond.

Tommy Murphy Staff Writer