By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man has been jailed on $50,000 bail pending a May 2 court appearance on charges of choking his girlfriend and hitting her in the head in their car with her daughter in the backseat — outside a 24-hour marijuana dispensary on April 1.
    If convicted of domestic violence by strangulation and hitting his girlfriend in the presence of her minor child, Terrance Tyrone Richard, 42, could be given a maximum penalty of four years’ incarceration.
    Richard was arrested shortly before 3 am on April 1 at his residence by Stillwater Police Officer Rachel Bruce, who was dispatched there after a woman reported the man choked and raped her, an affidavit alleged.
    When police arrived at his house, “Richard yelled and screamed and was very agitated and aggressive, even with the presence of six police officers,” the affidavit alleged.
    When the woman was interviewed privately, she said Richard had choked her in a car outside the marijuana dispensary and punched her in the right side of her face, but nothing happened after they returned home, the affidavit alleged. She said they had been in a romantic relationship for the last four years and were living together, the affidavit said.
    “Richard was placed into investigative detention due to his escalated behavior during the investigation,” the affidavit said.
   “She recanted that Richard had choked her and told me she did not want Richard to go to jail. She denied she had told dispatch that Richard had raped her and stated she called the police because she wanted Richard to leave,” the officer wrote in her affidavit.
    After arresting Richard, the officer reviewed the 911 call his girlfriend made in which she said he had choked her and just punched her in the face, the affidavit alleged.
    Video footage from in front of the marijuana dispensary showed Richard grab the woman by the throat and hit her in the face and head area several times, the affidavit alleged.
    “At one point, the vehicle itself is shaking due to Richard assaulting,” her, the affidavit alleged.
    “On the video, Richard got out of the vehicle, went to the driver’s side and violently pulls on the window several times, which is half down. The glass bends and (his girlfriend) opened the door. Richard reached into the vehicle, and (his girlfriend) leaned toward the passenger seat in order to avoid being struck by Richard.
    “She quickly exited the vehicle and went into the dispensary,” followed by her daughter, who appeared to be afraid of Richard, the affidavit alleged.
   Court records show that last August Richard was charged with using a sledge-type hammer to hit the bumper of a woman’s vehicle and puncture a tire in the parking lot of an apartment complex where he was then living. If convicted of that misdemeanor, Richard could be given as much as a six-month jail term.