Three women arrested, $1K in property damage after Valentine’s Day fight over ring

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A fight over a ring on Valentine's Day resulted with three arrests, including two for domestic assault and one for breaking and entering and destruction of property, police say. (file photo)
A fight over a ring on Valentine’s Day resulted with three arrests, including two for domestic assault and one for breaking and entering and destruction of property, police say. (file photo)

A Valentine’s Day lovers’ scuffle between three women resulted with three arrests, including two for domestic assault and one for breaking and entering and destruction of property, police say.

It all started when LaToya Martin tried to put a ring on it. Her plan went horribly awry.

According to a criminal complaint, Martin, 36 of Newport News, allegedly gave a diamond ring to Tonyka Jones, 30, a resident of DeHaven Court in James City County. It was not the first time Martin had bestowed gifts to Jones.

The problem is Jones is married to another person, Jasmine Strong, 26. She found a ring she did not purchase in Jones’s purse.

That same day, the married couple fought a fight that came to blows, with Jones tossing the ring into the woods. By 5:45 p.m. that evening both found themselves in central booking for domestic assault.

Strong also destroyed someone else’s property during the scuffle — slashing  tires on another neighbors car, according to a criminal complaint from James City County police.

Meanwhile, Martin learned Jones threw out her gift. 

“She then got irate because she gave those rings to Ms. Jones,” read the criminal complaint. “She spent a lot of money on the rings and was tired of Ms. Strong always destroying everything that she gave Ms. Jones.”

At about 8 p.m., while the couple was being booked, Martin entered Jones’ and Strong’s apartment through the front window by prying open the screen.

Upon entry, Martin ransacked the couple’s home. According to the complaint, Martin slashed a leather chair, smashed two flat screen televisions, including tossing one out into the woods. She also tossed the couple’s laptop into the woods. Police also found a smashed LG cell phone and report Strong said $100 was stolen from the couple’s coffee table.

Martin admitted to police she was so angry about the rings, she intended to destroy the couple’s apartment, according to the complaint.

All told, the couple reported $1325 in property damage.

Strong is scheduled to appear in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on March 21 on destruction of property charges.

Martin is charged with burglary, destruction of property and appeared Williamsburg-James City County General District Court on March 7.