Man holds girlfriend at knifepoint and threatens to stab her if she tries to leave or hit him

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63-year-old Clarence Baptiste was charged with domestic aggravated assault and false imprisonment after he threatened to stab his girlfriend during an argument.

On September 18th, Clarksville Police Officer Clint Sutton responded to a domestic assault call at 299 Raleigh Drive. The call was made by a neighbor who observed a male, Clarence Baptiste, forcibly pulling an elderly female, Clara Cox, inside an apartment and then saw her pull a rifle out of the trunk of a car. Officer Rodriguez arrived and observed Baptiste and Cox sitting in a car in front of their shared apartment when Baptiste reached toward a knife that was sitting in his lap.

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The officer gave a verbal command for him to drop the knife, and Baptiste complied. Once backup arrived, Baptiste was taken into custody and Cox explained that they had an argument when her boyfriend, Baptiste, brandished the knife telling Cox if she tried to leave him, or hit him, he would stab her. Cox admitted to grabbing the unloaded rifle out of the trunk of her car because she was scared of Baptiste.

Clarence Baptiste was arrested and charged with false imprisonment and domestic aggravated assault. His bond was set at $12,500.

Lori Mason

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