Rev. Victor Richardson of New Zion Fellowship Church has been arrested by the Hamilton County Police Department for an incident involving an alleged attack on his wife. The 40-year old pastor is being charged with strangulation, domestic battery and resisting law enforcement, according to police. Richardson has been since released on bond, but a warrant was later released for violation of probation.
Richardson turned himself in on June 18th. According to the probable cause affidavit, police came to the home of a man who was drunk and strangling his wife wife without allowing her to leave. When police arrived, Richardson allegedly locked himself in the master bedroom, refusing to obey police orders. He said that he was going to kill himself, leading police to bust the door down.
Officers had to stop Rev. Richardson with a stun gun and according to police, officers had to fight in order to cuff him. Richardson’s wife, Monica, told police that he strangled her to the point of not being able breathe, and that their daughters had to intervene. He later admitted to grabbing his wife around the shoulders because he wanted her to listen to him.
Rev. Richardson admitted that he “messed up,” according to the affidavit.