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A North Platte woman was charged Tuesday with both perjury and witness tampering in a case of assault by her husband.Lisa Coco, 38, was called to the police department Tuesday, charged and taken to the Lincoln County jail.
Coco allegedly changed her version of events in an assault that occurred in late July when her husband found her with another man at 1 a.m. in the parking lot of the Platte River Mall.
On that night, Lisa’s husband Nathan Coco pulled up behind the vehicle, blocking it between his vehicle and the curb stop, according to North Platte police.
Nathan was reportedly upset and pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at both victims, police spokesman John Deal said.
An argument ensued and threats were made to both victims while the handgun was pointed at them, Deal said. The woman tried to get out of the vehicle and was allegedly shoved to the ground and kneed in the ribs by Nathan.
Then the woman got back in the passenger seat, at which point Nathan struck her in the face with the butt of the handgun, causing visible injury, police said.
The man feared for his life and drove the vehicle up over the curb to escape the confrontation and went to the police.
Nathan Coco was found and arrested at Lake Maloney. A handgun was seized as evidence.
When the case came to court on Oct. 13, Lisa Coco was called to the stand. But her testimony was different than what she gave to officers, correction officers and medical staff at the time of the original assault.
In court, she testified that she and Nathan were arguing over her purse and essentially playing "tug of war" with it. She testified while they pulled on it, the purse strap broke and hit her in the face.
She denied that Nathan caused her injuries.
Police had seized the purse in the mall parking lot shortly after the initial report and photographed it as evidence. Deal said no straps were broken on it.
Officers also learned that in March 2017, as Nathan’s case was coming to district court, Lisa Coco contacted the man she was with in the parking lot. The man told police that Lisa told him she was going to tell a different version of events, and that he should change his story as well.
The man declined to change his story, Deal said.
Lisa Coco’s jail bonds are initially set at $25,000 for each charge.