On the morning of Sunday, February 17, a Lebanon woman walked into the Lebanon City Police Department to report a weekend of abuse.
The woman alleged that her boyfriend, Gregory Allen Jefferson, Jr, had assaulted and restrained her from leaving at multiple points over the weekend, causing the woman to fear for her life.
Jefferson currently sits in Lebanon County Correctional Facility unable to post bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8am on March 7 in front of Magisterial District Judge Maria M. Dissinger.
The weekend of terror is said to have begun Friday, February 15 when Jefferson is described as becoming “enraged with her because the house wasn’t clean enough.” Jefferson is said to have taken the woman’s phone, choked her, and told her she was not to leave. The man is alleged to have insinuated the threat of gun violence and the woman left the house afraid for her life. According to the police release, the woman called police at this time, but the man fled prior to their arrival.
She returned to the house in the early morning hours and went to sleep, before being woken up around 9am Saturday by Jefferson grabbing her neck once more, according to the affidavit. Jefferson is said to have told the woman, “You’re coming with me today,” and then forcing her to accompany him to Gary’s Sports Bar, where the affidavit describes further humiliation with the woman being told to sit in the back and made to suffer verbal abuse.
The woman was then taken to Silver Dollar where the affidavit says he continued to choke and pull her hair in front of other patrons. The complaint says that around noon Saturday another man attempted to intervene, drawing assault from Jefferson himself, and the woman attempted to leave at this point but was again restrained by Jefferson, who choked her again while saying she would die if she left him.
Jefferson is said to have also stolen the man’s wallet and attempted to interfere with a call to police by throwing the phone to his ground, and he faces additional robbery and assault charges for these alleged actions.
The affidavit describes Jefferson as then having returned the woman to her home and leaving the house sometime the night of Saturday February 16, but returning around 2am Sunday morning and choking the woman once again. She told police at that point she was forced to accompany Jefferson to the 12th and Maple Turkey Hill, a trip that was said to be made at high speeds and under apparent alcohol intoxication.
Jefferson faces the following charges:
- Robbery (Felony)
- Strangulation (Felony, four counts)
- Theft by Unlawful Taking (Two counts)
- Simple Assault (Two counts, separate charges)
- Terroristic Threats
- Unlawful Restraint
- False Imprisonment
Jefferson also faces a third set of charges for possession of a firearm and tampering with evidence in reference to an apparent February 8 incident, but as the defendant has not been arraigned yet the criminal complaint was not yet available.