Man arrested after threatening his girlfriend

A man was arrested by Newnan Police officers Sunday after allegedly threatening to kill his girlfriend, according to authorities.

Around 12:26 a.m., Officer Doug Jones with the Newnan Police Department responded to the 100-block of Rockridge Drive in reference to a family violence dispute. According to Jones' statements in the incident report, the officer met with the victim, who said the suspect, Eric Stephen King, 34, had been arguing with her all day Saturday, and he ended up hitting her multiple times and threatening her life.

According to Jones, the victim said when the argument got heated the first time, King threw her on the ground and placed his knee on her chest, slammed her down a few more times, and left the residence. Later, the victim told Jones that King returned and the two began to fight over an iPad, a Christmas gift. This time, King threw the victim down and began to kick her in her side before leaving the residence again, the victim told Jones.

The two later went together to a local bar, the victim told Jones, but they began to argue again over her cell phone messages. The two drove home together, and once there, the victim said King began saying some nasty things. The victim began to fear for her safety, she told Jones, so she began to dial 911. King, however, threw her to the ground, held her down, and took her phone away. King eventually let her up, threatened to kill her and hit her in the head with a baseball bat if she called 911 again, and left the residence for a hotel.

Jones reported that Newnan Police Sgt. Marcos Gonzalez and officers Aaron Howard and Brent McComas found King at the Country Inn and Suites on Newnan Crossing Boulevard, and King was taken into custody. Jones spoke to King at the Coweta County jail, and King said the fighting was only verbal - he never hit her. According to the officer's report statements, King told Jones the victim would not stop screaming and yelling at him, so he eventually left the residence.

Jones charged King with a simple battery family violence act, false imprisonment and interfering with calls for emergency assistance, according to the incident report.

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