Man charged with assault after biting girlfriend

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 22, 2016



On Wednesday, deputies with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department were called out to three separate assault cases, one led to the arrest of a suspect, while individuals in the other two cases were referred to Justice Court to file affidavits.
The case that ended in an arrest involved 50-year-old William Charles Cosse, of 436 William Pardue Rd., in Lumberton.
Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said the call came in at about 9:38 that evening. When deputies arrived, they spoke with Cosse, who said he was relaxing when his girlfriend presented him with ice cream before asking him to sign over ownership of a vehicle to her so she could send her son to college, Tucker read from the report.
Cosse declined to sign over the vehicle, leading to a disagreement, at which time he left the room after she would not turn over the keys when he tried to take them out of her hand, Tucker said. He returned a short time later to retrieve his cellphone and another disagreement occurred when she refused to hand over the device, Tucker read from Cosse’s statement on the report.
A subsequent scuffle led to the two hitting the floor where she tried to choke him. During the scuffle it alleged that he bit her finger, Tucker read from the report.
Cosse’s girlfriend told the deputy that the argument did stem from discussion of the title and the deputy noted the bite mark on her finger, Tucker read from the report.
Photos were taken of the bite mark, and Cosse was charged with simple assault domestic violence.
Tucker said two other assault cases were worked by deputies that same day, but since there were no visible injuries, the complainants were referred to Justice Court where they would have to sign an affidavit to press charges. No arrests have been made in those cases at this time.

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