VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - A Valley man is now in jail after he physically assaulted the mother of his child late Sunday, according to the Valley Police Department.
At 11:13 p.m. on Sunday, officers of the Valley Police Department were called to a residence in the 300 block of Martin Luther King Drive in by a 20-year-old Valley woman, reference to a domestic dispute.
According to a police press release, the woman said that she and the father of her child, Jarez Ricks, 26, of Valley, got into an altercation because she didn't want her 10-month-old baby to stay with him.
"Ricks hit her several times, choked her to the point of almost passing out, and pointed a gun at her, threatening to kill her and the child," the release said. "She was able to leave the residence to call police."
Officers attempted to contact Ricks to make sure the child was safe but he refused to come to the door or cooperate with officers. Officers secured the residence and called for assistance from the Chambers County SWAT team. A negotiator was able to make contact with a resident of the home and they were able to verify that Ricks was no longer present.
Officers were able to track Ricks to another residence several houses down from the original location. The negotiator was able to contact Ricks and convince him to let the child go.
The child was returned to their mother safely at around 2 a.m.
Ricks remained barricaded in the residence until he voluntarily surrendered as a part of negotiations at around 3 a.m.
Ricks was taken to the Valley Police Department charged with domestic violence by strangulation, a class B felony. Ricks was interviewed, processed, and then taken to the Chambers County Detention Facility.
The Valley Police Department would like to thank the Chambers County SWAT team and Lanett Police Department for their help in this incident.