Man faces assault, strangulation charges after argument with girlfriend

Posted at 3:31 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 15:31:10-05

James City County, Va. – A man has been charged for allegedly assaulting and strangling his girlfriend after a heated argument.

On November 22 around 3 a.m., police were called to the 7-Eleven on Longhill Road in reference to a domestic incident.

The victim told police that her boyfriend, 25-year-old Joshua Terrell Pope, came to her house on Hillgrave Lane around 1 a.m. and began arguing with her.

She told police that Pope threw her into the wall, causing her to hit her head and fall on the ground.

Pope allegedly got on top of her and started to choke her, telling her that he was going to kill her.  She then told officers that Pope pulled out a gun, held it to her head and stuck it inside of her mouth.

Pope grabbed money and her cell phone and left the house.

The victim called Pope, asking him to return her money and phone.  When Pope came back to the house, the two started arguing again.  Pope allegedly assaulted her again and destroyed her phone.

Pope was arrested on December 2.  Police found what appeared to be crack cocaine when they arrested him.

Pope has been charged with aggravated assault by strangulation, grand larceny, abduction and kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance, destruction of property, petit larceny, assault and battery of a family member and firearm charges.