CBS 2 anchor charged in domestic incident
Updated 3:44 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2013
WCBS-TV anchor Rob Morrison is unlikely to appear on the "CBS 2 News At Noon" broadcast Tuesday, when he is due in a Stamford courtroom on charges related to a domestic violence incident with his wife at their Darien home Sunday.
Rob Morrison faces charges of second-degree strangulation, second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct. His wife, Ashley Morrison, is an anchor for "CBS MoneyWatch." She served as an on-air anchor/reporter with Bloomberg television (BTV) from 2007 to 2009.
Darien police received a phone call from Morrison's mother-in-law at about 1:30 a.m., Sunday, reporting a domestic altercation at her daughter's residence.
Upon arrival, officers determined Morrison had become increasingly belligerent toward his wife during the evening, culminating in his choking her with both hands, according to the police report. Police said officers observed red marks on the victim's neck.
While being processed on the charges, Morrison made verbal threats to his wife, police said.
His mugshot, issued by the Darien Police Department, shows a stream of blood on the bridge of his nose and what looks like a bruise on his lower lip.
Morrison posted $100,000 bond and is to appear in court Tuesday.
"Rob and Ashley Morrison are cooperating fully with the authorities to insure that all of the information necessary to properly evaluate this unfortunate incident is made available," Attorney Robert A. Skovgaard said Monday in a statement issued on the couple's behalf.
"The Morrisons are confident that a full review of this matter will show that the allegations have been greatly exaggerated. While this matter is being addressed, Rob and Ashley hope that their family's privacy will be respected."
The couple moved into 221 Hollow Tree Ridge Road in Darien in 2011, according to property records.
Morrison has more than 20 years of experience in broadcast news, starting his career as a combat correspondent while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
For almost 10 of those years, he was an anchor and reporter at WNBC-TV. Morrison has anchored the Emmy Award-winning morning show "Today in New York" and has appeared regularly on NBC's "Weekend Today" and MSNBC.
He currently anchors "CBS 2 News This Morning" and "CBS News At Noon." Locally, he served as master of ceremonies at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the September reopening of the Darien YMCA.
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