COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Copperas Cove Crime Stoppers needs your help in apprehending these individuals.
Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000.00 in cash for clues if your information leads to an arrest and prosecution. No one will ever ask your name.
Call Crime Stoppers today at (254) 547-1111 or submit a tip on-line at www.tipsubmit.com. You can also call the Copperas Cove Police Department at 254-547-8222. Please do not attempt to apprehend any of these individuals on your own.
There are ten top offenders police want you to keep an eye out for; three of them are accused of assaulting a significant other.
Ray D’ Armond is accused of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
According to the charging document, Ray took his girlfriend's cell phone away during an argument. Then, he became violent, striking her repeatedly in the head with his fist.
When she tried to escape to go to her parents' house, he pulled out a knife and threatened to kill her if she left.
Caseworkers who handle family violence say taking away someone’s cell phone is a classic sign of batterer behavior.
“It's all a part of the isolation. The less people you have to talk to, the less people you can call, the less help you're going to get," says Suzanne Armour, director of programs at Families in Crisis in Killeen.
"We have very commonly seen where they are taking the cell phone or where they're monitoring the cell phone.”
In a similar case, Michael Van Horn is accused of strangling and assaulting his girlfriend, leaving her with bruising and a bloody mouth.
She was able to escape to a nearby convenience store where police found her.
Britney Cahoon is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
After accusing her boyfriend of watching too many adult videos, she reportedly punched him in the face twice, then broke his television and his PlayStation 4.
She then pulled out a knife, threatening to stab him with it.
Armour says the Families in Crisis Shelter was one of the first in Texas that was able to accept men, and workers have seen similar situations develop into abuse cases where women are the perpetrators.
“They can rage just like men. They can be violent just like men, so if there is a power and control issue in the home, and the woman is the one yielding all the power and control, she may be more likely to abuse the male,” she says.
She adds that the shelter has seen an increase over past ten years of men seeking help, possibly because there is less of a stigma in reporting these assaults.
*If you are a victim of domestic violence – please call (254) 634-1184.