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A Groton City woman emailed police for help early Monday after her boyfriend attempted to strangle her during a domestic dispute and took her cellphone, according to police.
Officers responded to 21 Jefferson Drive at 4:57 a.m. after receiving an email that had been sent to the deputy police chief at 1:41 a.m., according to a police report. They arrested Cody J. Greco III, 21, and charged him with disorderly conduct, second-degree strangulation, interfering with an emergency call, third-degree assault and risk of injury to a minor.
According to the police report, Greco had been drinking and had smashed a bottle in anger and verbally assaulted the woman earlier in the night. His anger grew after the woman’s father called, she told police, and he wrestled her for the phone when she said she was going to call police. She said he pressed his forearm against her throat and began to strangle her to the point where she couldn’t breathe. She said their year-old son, who was in the bed with her, was nearly “rolled on” and that she bit Greco in the arm to stop him. She said he grabbed the phone and kicked her in the stomach and chest area.
Greco left with the phone a short time later and the woman said she locked herself in the room with her son. She used her tablet to email police. Police said the woman had red marks on her neck and Greco had a bite mark on his arm following the incident.
Greco was held in lieu of $10,000 and was presented in New London Superior Court later in the day. Judge Kevin P. McMahon released him on a written promise to appear in court, referred him to the Southeastern Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency for substance abuse treatment, and continued the case to June 19.