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FAIRBANKS — The founder of the local Second Amendment Task Force allegedly choked his wife following a verbal altercation last week.
Court documents obtained Tuesday detail the circumstances of the arrest of Schaeffer Cox, 26, on a charge of second-degree assault, a class B felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Cox’s wife told Alaska State Troopers that the couple and their young son were on their way to Anchorage Thursday when they began to argue. The argument escalated, and Cox punched the woman in the arm, according to a criminal complaint filed in court.
It was unclear if Cox was driving or pulled over at the time of the alleged assault.
She told Cox that if he ever touched her like that again, she would leave him and take their son. Cox then reached over, grabbed her by the throat and pinned her up against the vehicle door, court documents allege.
The woman fought him off, and Cox stopped choking her a few moments later and continued to drive to Anchorage with his wife and child, the report stated.
She contacted authorities the next day.
When an Anchorage police officer interviewed her, he noticed that there was minor bruising, redness and a fingernail abrasion on her neck.
Troopers announced Monday that Cox had turned himself in to authorities and was accused of “using a weapon to harm a family member.” Charging documents clarified that his hands were considered to be the “dangerous instrument” in question.
Cox was released from the Fairbanks Correctional Center Monday after posting $3,500 bail. He did not return calls or an e-mail seeking comment.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning. Court records do not list an attorney for him.
Cox, a local carpenter who owns his own business, rose to prominence two years ago when he unsuccessfully challenged House District 7 Rep. Mike Kelly in the Republican primary.
Last year he found the Second Amendment Task Force, a local gun rights group which has organized several open-carry days. He has also organized several high-profile meetings and rallies promoting gun rights and personal freedoms. A three-hour “Freedom Fest” was held at the Carlson Center in April.
Cox’s activities, including the organization of militia, have garnered the support of such groups as the Interior Alaska Conservative Coalition and the Alaskan Independence Party.