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Vermilion police officer arrested on accusations of domestic violence

Robert Forrider's fiancée claimed he choked her multiple times during an argument.

VERMILION, Ohio — A Vermilion police officer is currently in custody following accusations of domestic violence made by his fiancée.

The incident began early Sunday morning, when Officer Robert Forrider and his fiancée returned to their home on the 4900 block of Oakview Drive after a night of drinking. The woman later took the couple's 2-year-old son to their couch, where they both fell asleep.

According to a police report, Forrider told his fiancée to put their son to bed around 3 a.m., but she refused multiple times. Forrider then allegedly began choking her, and she hit him back "to defend herself." The son and Forrider's young daughter then awoke and began crying, but neither were harmed.

Forrider then went outside with both kids for about an hour, telling his fiancée he wanted to be where the Ring doorbell camera could record him. The fiancée then called police (something Forrider claims he agreed to), and due to Forrider's status with the department Vermilion officials asked Erie County Sheriff's deputies to assist.

Authorities claimed Forrider was "clearly intoxicated" and that he denied choking his fiancée or that she struck him, although deputies observed a bruise on her neck. He was then placed under arrest, with his police-issued gun as well as several privately owned weapons seized.

Forrider, 33, is currently being held at the Erie County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday at 9 a.m. in Vermilion Municipal Court.

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