Henrico police officer charged with abduction, assault

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 11:13 PM EDT
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JAMES CITY Co., Va. (WWBT) - A Henrico police officer has been charged with abduction and assault in relation to an incident that happened in James City County.

On June 2, James City County Police said a woman reported incidents of domestic assault, credit card theft and abduction that happened at a Toano home and in a car while in the county on May 27 and June 1.

The victim sustained a cut inside her mouth, a release said.

Toano resident and Henrico police officer, Robert Luke Swift, 24, was charged with domestic assault, felony credit card theft and two counts of felony abduction.

James City County Police worked with Henrico officials to serve the warrants.

“Our sworn personnel are held to a higher caliber, and we recognize the severity of the allegations. We will monitor this case through our justice system to conclusion,” said Henrico Chief of Police Eric English.

Fatima Smith is an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. She says while everyone is innocent until proven guilty, this case must be taken seriously.

“A person who is in a position of power or has a prominent position in the community often there comes some fear of retaliation. There’s fear of not being believed and all of those compounded with the trauma of the actual assault can be really overwhelming,” Smith said.

Smith agrees with the police chief’s statement that officers are held to a higher standard.

“Anyone that has the ability to take your liberty, those people should be held to a higher standard and there is an expectation that you will not abuse your power and that you will come into spaces, whether you’re in uniform or not, with the mindset of being a civil servant, of being a protector,” Smith said.

Swift was taken to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail. He was granted bond following a court appearance. He is scheduled to be in court again on July 9.

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