Police arrest suspect after man put in chokehold dies

Posted at 11:15 AM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 18:07:11-05

CHEVIOT, Ohio — A man died after he was put in a chokehold Thursday morning, according to authorities.

Timothy Jones, 33, put Cory Grimm in a chokehold after they argued about Jones' drug use, according to court documents. Jones told police he held Grimm in a chokehold until he “became unconscious and unresponsive.”

First responders gave Grimm CPR at the scene. He was transported to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he later died. He was 24.

Grimm's mother, Robin, provided the following statement:

"Cory Grimm, 24, born in Hamilton and resided in West Chester. Worked in the restaurant business for his brief career. Enjoyed making people smile. Unbelievable sense of humor. Lived for his family and friends and loved the Lord. He was not just a friend to all, but a brother, son, grandson, and uncle, but never had the opportunity to be a father. He will be greatly missed by all. "

Grimm's friends also recalled his bubbly presence. Tamara Gabbard said he was "a fantastic human" and she was thankful to know him.

"Everybody knew who Cory was," she said, "If you met him one time, you were his friend."

Jones stands charged with felonious assault, but officials will present the case as a homicide to the grand jury. He is being held on a $100,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 26.

"I hope he does get charged with murder," Gabbard said. "There's not a lot of people like Cory in this world."