Richmond police charged a man with second-degree strangulation and fourth-degree assault (minor injury) after they were called to a reported assault on Meadowlark Drive Friday.

Officers arrived and spoke with Timothy Townsend, 21, Meadowlark Drive, Richmond, who said he was arguing with another person and that person hit him, according to his arrest citation. Townsend then put that person into a choke hold to stope them from hitting him.

Townsend told police the victim wanted Townsend to leave and locked themselves in a bedroom. Townsend then beat on the door until the victim threw some of his clothes out.

The victim, however, said Townsend entered the bedroom, grabbed the victim's phone and tried to throw it out the window. When the victim tried to get Townsend to stop, he kicked the victim off the bed.

Townsend then took his clothes to his car and forced his way back inside the home, according to the citation.

The victim told police that at two points during the incident, Townsend put the victim in a choke hold, and their air flow was restricted. The victim scratched Townsend to escape.

He told police he re-entered the home to get his TV, and after, the victim and a witness blocked the door to keep him from leaving.

The victim said they tried to keep him inside while they called 911, however, Townsend jumped out a second story window, the citation states.

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

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