PRICHARD, Ala. (WKRG) — A man is in custody after a video allegedly showing him pull a gun on a woman goes viral.
Prichard Police say Joseph Nathaniel Pettway, 44, is in custody. He’s now in Metro Jail, charged with domestic violence, again.
“It’s a lot of unnecessary violence, and women are just being killed,” said a family friend of the woman in the video.
Disturbing video shows a man point what appears to be a gun at a woman in Prichard. The video was posted to Facebook by her brother, hoping to make something happen. Family friends say this isn’t the first time she’s been harmed.
“Previous run-ins, you can see the bruises that have been there before,” said the friend.
Prichard police searched for Joseph Pettway, who is reportedly the man in the video. Pettway has been arrested on domestic violence charges before. The most recent, in September, Prichard police say that was the incident in the video.
“We have had a lot of killings down here in Mobile. A lot of women losing their lives due to domestic violence. We as a people already know its a very serious issue. Not only here, but around the world. We usually hear about it last minute, but to hear about it now, they may be able to do something to save her life, and I feel like that’s very important,” said a friend of the family.
In the video, you see a man throw a woman onto the hood of a car, and then take out what appears to be a gun and point it at her. The family friend says it was difficult to watch the video.
“It was immediate shock you know to actually see a man overpower a woman for apparently no reason. Without that being the worst part of it, he decides to pull out a gun, he decides to point it at her and load the chamber at the same time. That’s just hard to explain,” said the friend.
Prichard police say they were looking for Pettway Thursday in connection with another domestic violence-related incident, this one happened in October. He’s now in jail and is facing domestic violence charges.
“We hope first and foremost that he is found and kept in custody. Secondly that she gets the help that she needs. She has a lot of family and friend support. And we just really want him away from her,” said the family friend.
The woman in the video is fine and with family.
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