A James City County man accused of domestic violence after he strangled and threw dog feces at a family member faces an additional charge of assault on a police officer, court documents said.
Noah Makaike Koahou, 28, has been charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.
Koahou was previously charged with strangulation resulting in injury and assault and battery of a family member, according to filings in Williamsburg-James City County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
On March 18, James City County police were called to a home in Season’s Trace for a domestic violence incident, the court documents said.
When a police officer arrived in the neighborhood, he was flagged down by the victim, according to the filings. The victim told the officer Koahou was sitting in the victim’s garage.
The victim also told the investigating officer Koahou tossed dog feces on the victim with a shovel before Koahou choked the victim for about 20 seconds, the court documents said.
When the investigator went to speak with Koahou, a scuffle broke out, according to the filings.
Koahou pushed past the officer and said ‘no comment’ repeatedly, the filings said. When the officer tried to handcuff Koahou, the 28-year-old man pulled away and asked the officer if he was a real police officer. The victim helped the police officer keep Koahou under control.
Once Koahou was in police custody he told the investigator he was a ‘sovereign citizen’ and would only speak to the sheriff, the court documents said. Koahou refused to identify himself before he was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail on the domestic violence and strangulation charges.
After the officer took Koahou to the jail, the officer felt pain in his neck, the filigns said. He reviewed car camera footage of the scuffle to see if the pain could have been explained by the scuffle.
In the footage, the officer saw Koahou putting his arm around the officer’s neck and applying pressure, according to the court documents. The victim had helped remove Koahou’s arm from the officer’s neck.
If convicted, Koahou faces as much as four years behind bars and $10,000 in fines, according to Virginia Code.
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence call the Avalon Center Crisis Hotline, available 24 hours daily at 757-258-5051. To talk or schedule an appointment at the Avalon Center, call 757-258-5022.
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