Mark Thomas Coats

Mark Thomas Coats

Mark Thomas Coats

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BOONE — A Boone man was released the same day he was arrested after being charged with multiple assault-related charges.

Mark Thomas Coats, 27, of 209 Oak St., Boone, was arrested on Jan. 25 and charged with false imprisonment, interfering with emergency communication, communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a female and assault by strangulation.

According to court documents, these charges stem from a Jan. 23 incident where Coats allegedly pushed a female numerous times, hit her in the face, charged towards her and knocked her off of a porch three feet off of the ground.

The documents also stated he held a knife — with a blade approximately five inches in length — to her throat twice and threatened to use it. Coats reportedly also used his hands around the woman’s neck, leaving red marks and causing her to lose consciousness.

Coats reportedly intentionally and unlawfully detained the woman and prevented her from calling first responders by taking her cell phone, according to the documents.

Coats was issued a $15,000 secured bond and was released the same day of arrest, according to court documents. He was given a March 2 court date.

(6) comments


Released on $15,000 bond? The victim and community can feel really safe now.


Laws need to be changed to give law enform=ement the authority to keep dangerous criminals off the streets for as long as possible.


Speechless. The bond should have been high enough to keep this guy.


He should have gotten more than just a slap on the wrist..... poor judgment if he acts out again before his court date.... :( Pretty serious crime if you ask me. Others that love the victim could lash out on him too before he gets his punishment.


Unfortunately, law enforcement is limited by the laws as they currently exist. If this was a first offense that was probably the maximum bail they could issue. Particularly if the victim did not want to press charges.


I hope for the safety of other ASU students he has been suspended. I am pretty shocked that Assult on a Female and he was allowed to bond out the same day. That charge used to come with a mandatory 48 hour hold.

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