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Stamford PD Charge Man They Say Tried to Eat Evidence—a Bag of Crack

Stamford police say a man being processed on drug charges tried to eat his evidence and arrested another man when, they allege, he choked his child's mother because she didn't buy him cigarettes.

Stamford police officers conducting a motor vehicle stop at 1:15 a.m. on Jefferson St. at Harborview Ave. discovered a suspect police recognized from prior incidents attempting to hide crack cocaine, they said Tuesday.

Authorities approaching the vehicle during the stop discovered Jerrell Dennel Cook, 27, of the first block of Orchard St., sitting in the passenger's seat, police said. They alleged he was sitting on a bag of crack cocaine in an attempt to hide it.

The driver gave a signed, sworn statement to police that Cook had attempted to sell him the drugs, police said.

Cook was arrested and, during processing at the jail, was found to be in possession of a second bag of crack cocaine, authorities said. According to them, when they placed the baggie of cocaine on the counter, Cook leaned over and ate it.

Federal authorities were notified of Cook's arrest as he is on federal probation for weapon's charges.Cook faces charges of tampering with evidence, interfering with officers, sale of illegal drugs and possession of narcotics.

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A 26-year-old Stamford man was arrested on charges of physically assaulting his child's mother, police said Tuesday.

According to police, Channin Mills, of the first block of Hanover St., was arrested for allegedly throwing the mother of his 3-year-old son onto the sofa of his residence and choking her around 2:45 a.m.

He was upset because she had not purchased him cigarettes at the store, police said, adding the woman escaped the ordeal and notified authoritie. 

Mills was due in court Tuesday on charges of assault, risk of injury to a child, disorderly conduct and strangulation.

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Other Arrests:

Pablo Jimenez, 44, of Jackson St., was charged with disorderly conduct.

Santiago Richard Vilchez-Avila, 40, of Liberty St., was charged with violation of probation. 

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