COCOA POLICE: Boy, 5, Unharmed After Domestic Battery Incident In Cocoa On Thursday
By Space Coast Daily // February 22, 2018
James Hale, 30, arrested after domestic battery incident
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police say a 5-year-old boy was unharmed after reports of a domestic battery at a home on School Street early Thursday.
Authorities arrested 30-year-old James Hale without incident following a crisis response that began with a woman reporting she was held hostage by her boyfriend.
Police say the female victim arrived at the police department just after 10:30 a.m. with a small child in her arms.
The woman told officers she was held against her will and beaten for several hours at her residence at 625 School Street.
She said she escaped the home and walked straight to the police department.
“The woman was not seriously injured, but she reported her 5-year-old son was still in the home with the boyfriend and she was concerned for the safety of the child,” said Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.
“Patrol officers immediately responded to the location and attempted to make contact with the suspect who did not respond. A perimeter was set up around the home and crisis negotiators responded to the area to attempt contact.”
After repeated failed attempts to make contact, BCSO SWAT team was called in.
At 2:58 p.m. SWAT officers approached the front door of the residence and saw the suspect just behind the unlocked door. Officers ordered him to show his hands and were able to safely take him into custody without further incident. The 5-year-old boy was not injured but was evaluated by fire-medics to make sure he was in good condition.
The suspect is facing charges of aggravated battery/domestic violence, false imprisonment and child abuse. Police say he could also be facing weapons charges.
Two weapons were found in plain view on the kitchen counter.
According to Hale’s record, he is a convicted felon.
Police are currently executing a search warrant inside the residence and detectives are continuing to investigate.
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