Fayetteville Police Contractor Jailed With $175,000 Bond
A Fayetteville police contractor accused of kidnapping and shooting at his girlfriend earlier this year was booked Friday into jail on $175,000 bond.
James Clifton Cox, 56, was arrested Friday morning on suspicion of contempt of court concerning his probation stemming from drug charges earlier this year, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of bond.
Cox’s company, Greenland Wrecker, has an exclusive towing contract with the Fayetteville Police Department. The police department does not pay Cox. Greenland Wrecker Service is called when police need a vehicle towed, said Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor.
“He’s doing a good job,” Tabor told 5NEWS in January. “Everyone’s innocent until proven guilty.”
Cox’s five-year towing contract with police expired in April. A selection committee made up of officials from various city departments and the Fayetteville City Council selected Greenland Wrecker from a list of five prospective area towing companies for a new five-year contract, according to the city’s purchasing division.
Cox was arrested in January on suspicion of kidnapping, terroristic threatening, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The kidnapping and terroristic threatening charges were dropped after county prosecutors said the ex-girlfriend’s recollection of events did not give them enough evidence to progress in the case
Prosecutors went forward with drug charges, though, and Cox’s case was referred to drug court, according to court documents.
Cox’s ex-girlfriend told police before his initial arrest earlier this year that he kept her at his home in January and threatened her with a pistol. He fired two shots near her and kept her in his home before eventually letting her leave, according to a preliminary report with the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.
Cox told the woman he would kill her if she told police what happened, the report states.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies searched Cox’s home and found fragmented lead, an expended .22-caliber shell casing, a suspected bag of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Deputies then arrested Cox.