Domestic Assault Suspect Heads to County Court

James Heath Jr., of Allentown Road, Towamencin, allegedly shoved his girlfriends face into a mattress and slammed her head on the floor during an argument at their residence

A Towamencin man , had two charges dropped at his preliminary hearing on Thursday.

James Carr Heath Jr., 43, of the 1300 block of Allentown Road, heads to county arraignment Jan. 30 at 9:30 a.m. facing a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a misdemeanor charge of false imprisonment, as well as a summary harassment charge, according to court records.

A misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a harassment charge were withdrawn at the hearing.

Bail was set at 10 percent of $5,000 cash, and Heath posted a $500 bond on Dec. 17, according to court records.

Towamencin Police said around 10:15 a.m. on December 5, the alleged victim met with police at its headquarters. She told police that she is the live-in girlfriend of Heath Jr., police said.

She told police that she was awakened around 8:20 a.m. and found that Heath Jr. was home from working late, according to an affidavit.

The two had a brief conversation and moved to the bedroom, where Heath Jr. allegedly began calling his girlfriend obsence names, police said.

Heath Jr. allegedly grabbed her by her hair and began pushing her head into the mattress, where it caused her to have difficulty breathing, police said.

Heath Jr. then allegedly forced her onto the floor and allegedly pinned her down with her body in a supine position, police said.

She was pinned down for several minutes, allegedly unlawfully restraining her and interfering with her liberty, police said.

Heath Jr. then allegedly grabbed her by her hair and slammed the back of her head against the floor a few times, according to an affidavit, causing her to sustain headaches and neck pain.

Once Heath Jr. allegedly set her free, the victim grabbed a few items in her home and escaped in fear, police said.

Police said the victim had abrasions on the right side of her neck that were consistent with her story.

Joanne December 23, 2012 at 08:39 PM


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