Police: Man chokes victim, threatens to kill her during domestic incident in Newport News

Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A 31-year-old man has been arrested following a domestic incident in Newport News over the weekend.

According to police, officers were initially sent to the 4100 block of Orcutt Avenue just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, regarding a call about a domestic assault.

When they got to the scene, officers made contact with a woman who told them her husband assaulted her, brandished a firearm at her, and wouldn’t let her leave the residence. The woman also told police that her husband was intoxicated and an altercation ensued between the couple.

During the altercation, the victim told police that her husband placed his hands around her throat and choked her, and even threatened to kill her.

Police say the husband took the victim’s phone to prevent her from calling 911.

The husband, identified as 31-year-old Jason Blackwell, had fled before officers arrived at the scene.

Police reported seeing multiple holes in walls inside the home as well as a broken chair and countertop in the kitchen area.

The victim sustained non life-threatening injuries during the assault.

Less than two hours later around 3:45 a.m., police were notified that Blackwell returned to the home. Officers reported hearing a loud altercation inside.

Officers attempted to detain the suspect, however, police said he “actively resisted” and refused to cooperate. During the attempt to detain Blackwell, police say he kicked an officer in the leg while continuing to be uncooperative and kept on assaulting the officer.

An odor of alcohol was detected from Blackwell, according to reports.

Blackwell is facing several charges including two counts of abduction, brandishing a firearm, strangulation, assault on law enforcement, assault on a family member, obstruction of justice, injuring a phone line, two counts of obstructing a message, intentional damage, possession of a firearm by a felon, reckless handling, use of a firearm in commission of a felony, intoxication in a public place, and malicious wounding.


10 On Your Side has compiled a list of local and national resources for residents to fight and prevent domestic violence and child abuse.

In the United States, about 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) including sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Domestic Violence Prevention Resources

10 On Your Side is committed to help Break The Cycle of domestic violence in Hampton Roads. 

Here is a link to all of the local groups or agencies we have highlighted. The page also shares testimonials of survivors.

Here are some local and national resources for victims in need of help.

Transitions Family Violence Services in Hampton

YWCA South Hampton Roads in Norfolk

Avalon Center in Williamsburg

  • Phone: 757-258-5022
  • Offers transitional housing, emergency shelter, youth services, legal advice, and counseling.
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline: 757- 258-5051

Samaritan House Inc. in Virginia Beach

  • Phone: 757-631-0710
  • Offers counseling, emergency shelter placement, and safety planning.
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline 757-430-2120

HER Shelter in Portsmouth

  • Phone: 757-485-1445
  • Offers emergency services, court assistance, shelter, employment, housing assistance.
  • Hotline: 757-485-3384

National Domestic Violence Hotline1−800−799−7233

Virginia Domestic Abuse Hotline1-800-838-8238

About 11 million women and 5 million men who reported experiencing sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime said that they first experienced these forms of violence before the age of 18.

At least 1 in 7 children have experienced child abuse or neglect in the past year and in 2018 nearly 1,770 children died of abuse and neglect in the United States, according to the CDC.

Prevent Child Abuse America – Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others.

Child abuse and neglect are serious problems that can have lasting harmful effects on its victims. For more information on preventing child abuse and neglect check out resources from the CDC or call The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 for help.

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