Oklahoma County prosecutors Tuesday filed domestic abuse charges against a man who told a national television audience he punched, kicked and choked his girlfriend, court records show.
Timothy Dean Cruz, 25, of Oklahoma City, is accused of assaulting Brittnay Roberts, of Edmond, over a two-year period beginning in March 2011, records show. He is charged with seven counts of domestic abuse, including two by strangulation.
Edmond police began building their case against Cruz in May after the woman told investigators she and Cruz had appeared on an episode of the “Dr. Phil” show titled “Broken Bones, Broken Hearts and Broken Engagements?”
On the show, which re-aired Monday, Cruz acknowledged that he can't control his rage, and admitted choking Roberts while holding their 6-month-old daughter. The woman characterized Cruz as “evil, abusive and unfaithful,” even though she is considering marrying him.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Cruz apologized to the woman for physically hurting and choking her. The apology occurred during a phone conversation recorded by police. When she asked Cruz if he was being honest on the TV show, he replied “Yes … everything I said on the show was absolutely 100 percent, I mean honest to God true,” police reported.
Cruz, through his attorney, said the charges and the woman's motive for going to police are suspect because of the timing.
The Department of Human Services took the ex-couple's child into protective custody on Nov. 16, 2012, “because of domestic abuse her father inflicted on me with her in the home,” Roberts posted on a website she created to raise money to hire an attorney to help her get her daughter back.