“Calm down!” man tells wife while holding her against the floor with his arm around her neck

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36-year-old J Samuel Spurlock is charged with felony aggravated assault/strangulation after police say he placed an arm across his wife’s stomach, another against her neck, and applied pressure until they were on the ground with his arm around her neck, telling her to “CALM DOWN!” after she confronted him over an email on his phone.

Metro Nashville police arrived at Shadow Glen Drive in South Nashville on February 11th in response to a domestic disturbance that occurred a few hours prior. The victim, who is the wife of J Samuel Spurlock, tells police that around 1:15 AM she and Spurlock were looking at his phone when she became upset over an email on his phone.

J Samuel Spurlock (MNPD)
J Samuel Spurlock (MNPD)

J Samuel Spurlock attempted to get his phone back from his wife, but she was not willing to return the phone. An affidavit states He then put his right arm around the victim’s stomach and his left forearm against the victim’s neck and began to apply pressure. The victim then tilted her chin down, causing them to both fall to the floor.

The victim landed on her stomach and reports her husband’s arm remained around her neck, and he continued to apply pressure with her against the ground while telling her to “calm down!”. The victim began screaming and yelling for help, asking anyone to call 911. The victim was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.

J Samuel Spurlock was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail, charged with felony aggravated assault/strangulation. He is free on a $5,000 bond via Grumpy’s Bail Bonds, and is scheduled to appear in court in June.

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