Richmond police arrested a man for first-degree burglary, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree assault after officers were called to Merrick Drive Saturday because of people going in and out of an apartment.

The caller told police they were probably involved in a domestic altercation, according to a citation.

Police arrived and spoke with two people who said Dante Cox, 23, Merrick Drive, Richmond, was upstairs with a handgun and a victim, his arrest citation states.

Officers detained Cox as he was going downstairs, and he said he had a firearm in his pocket, which officers retrieved. They also noticed things were thrown all throughout the apartment.

The back glass storm door of the apartment was broken, and glass was all over the back porch and inside the apartment.

Cox said he was arguing with the victim about him driving a motorcycle, and they tripped and fell through the back door, causing it to break, the citation states. He said nothing else physical happened.

Police then spoke with the victim, who had multiple injuries, who said Cox tackled them multiple times inside and outside of the apartment trying to take the keys to the motorcycle from them, the citation stated.

The victim said Cox hit their head on the back door of the apartment and kicked them multiple times.

The victim said they hid upstairs in a different apartment, and Cox broke through the door and entered the room with a handgun. The victim told police Cox pushed them on the ground and kicked them again.

Witnesses said Cox was chasing the victim, tackling them, kicking them and beating their head against a window, the citation states.

The witnesses couldn't get Cox to stop, and eventually, they were able to hide the victim upstairs, and told Cox the victim had left.

Cox then left, and the witnesses barricaded the door to keep him from getting back into the apartment. Cox then returned and kicked in the back door, breaking the glass out of the door, and forcing his way into the apartment without permission.

Cox went upstairs with his handgun, pushing one of the witnesses down the stairs, and entered the room where the victim was hiding, the citation states.

He texted the victim saying he had drank alcohol and had taken Xanax.

Cox was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where he remained Wednesday afternoon, according to online jail records.

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