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NEWS ALERT – Man Charged with False Imprisonment, Felony Battery

Authorities tracked down a Blountstown man Thursday who allegedly held a woman against her will and beat her earlier this month. Timothy “T.C.” Copeland, Jr., 22, has been charged with felony domestic battery, false imprisonment, and petit theft. According to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Jared Nichols responded to the complaint June 14. A woman advised she shares a child with Copeland and he asked to meet with her. He picked her up at her home and, as they drove away, she said he began punching her in the back of her head. She told authorities Copeland was angry about a guy she had accepted as a friend on the social media site known as Facebook. The woman alleged Copeland hit her throughout the drive, then proceeded into Bristol where the battery continued as she pleaded for him to stop. At one point, she tried to escape the vehicle and he allegedly drug her back inside. She threatened to call 911 and he reportedly took her phone. He eventually drove back to Blountstown and stopped in the parking lot of the Sheriff’s Office where she jumped out and fled. Sgt. Nichols noted in his report that the back and top of the woman’s head had numerous swollen areas. She reported being in severe pain and said she almost fainted during the altercation. A warrant was issued for Copeland’s arrest.

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