Man Allegedly Attempts to Strangle His Son Because His Online Class Was Too Loud

Man Allegedly Attempts to Strangle His Son Because His Online Class Was Too Loud

Richard Cunningham

By Isaac Ray

The loud volume of a Zoom class led to the arrest of a Coral Springs man for allegedly attacking and attempting to strangle his son.

On April 13, the Coral Springs Police Department responded to a domestic battery call located near the 10600 block of NW 16th Court. Upon arrival, officers encountered a 21-year-old victim who told officers his father, later identified as Richard Cunningham, 53, had battered and attempted to strangle him.

According to the report, the victim told officers Cunningham had become upset over the volume of his online class. After he refused to lower the volume, his father picked up a chair and smashed it through the glass table he was working on. 

The victim stated he fell, and Cunningham attacked him, grabbing him by his face and attempted to stick his fingers in his eyes. His father then put him in a chokehold for an extended period of time to the point where he could not breathe.

He said his father only released him after he said, “But I’m your son.” 

The victim sustained numerous cuts all over his body while laying on top of the broken glass from the table. Officers also observed his eyes were swollen and there was a small cut under his left eye.

After speaking with the victim and transporting him to Broward Health for medical attention, officers surrounded the home and issued numerous demands for Cunningham to exit. After a prolonged period of time, Cunningham appeared and surrendered to the police, where he declined an opportunity to provide his version of the events. 

While detained, officers found Cunningham had an active no-bond warrant for his arrest that stemmed from a trespassing incident. He was arrested and transported to the Broward County Main Jail.

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