Ex-East Greenwich police officer accused of threatening to kill pregnant wife faces judge

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A former East Greenwich officer, accused of assaulting his pregnant wife, will continue to remain free on $10,000 personal recognizance.

Mark Edmonds, Jr., 26, was arraigned in Superior Court Tuesday morning on several felony charges including domestic assault, domestic violence, cruelty to or neglect of a child and using a firearm when committing a crime of violence.

As a condition of bail, Edmonds was ordered to have no contact with witnesses and must maintain the peace. A pre-trial date is set for Sept. 24. Neither he nor his attorney had commented upon leaving court.

Edmonds, who was only with the department a few months and was still in his probationary period, was initially placed on paid administrative leave following his June arrest in Pawtucket. He later resigned from the police department.

According to court documents obtained by Eyewitness News, Edmonds is accused of assaulting his wife repeatedly. 

Police documents detail cases when Edmonds allegedly pushed, choked or threatened his wife during her pregnancy.

In one documented incident in September of 2018, Edmonds is accused of grabbing his off-duty firearm and putting it to his wife’s head, threatening to kill her. According to the report, his wife was four or five months pregnant at the time.

Edmonds’ wife alleges the abuse continued after their son was born. Reports claim there was an instance during which Edmonds choked his wife while she was holding their son. 

In a statement to police, Edmonds’ wife wrote: “My husband and father to my son, Mark A. Edmonds Jr. has been physically, emotionally and verbally abusive to me for about 1.5 years. He has threatened to ‘make my life hell’ and he will get his ‘buddies (cops) to mess with anyone I get involved with if I leave.”

Edmonds’ wife went to police in June 2019, trying to put an end to the alleged abuse.

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