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Hudson man accused of imprisoning girlfriend in home for 5 days

HUDSON — A 34-year-old woman was held inside a mobile home for five days by her boyfriend, who padlocked the doors and wouldn't let her leave, a Sheriff's Office report says.

Tatia James escaped Thursday by kicking out a window and running to her father's house nearby.

The boyfriend, who had previously been ordered by a judge to have no contact with James, was identified as 20-year-old Jonathan Andrew Allen of Hudson. He faces charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment and domestic battery. He was being held without bail Friday in the Land O'Lakes jail.

After reaching authorities, James told an investigator that Allen showed up at the mobile home on East Road on March 20. She reminded him of the no-contact order and told him to leave, according to the sheriff's report.

Allen refused to leave, took James' keys and put padlocks on both doors of the home, the report said.

James asked again and again to leave, but Allen wouldn't let her, the report said. One night during the week, they went to a friend's house, and James tried to leave from there, but Allen stopped her.

On Thursday, James told an investigator, the two had an argument, and Allen went into a bedroom. James broke out a window in the living room and started to crawl out. Allen ran into the room, picked up a battery charger and threw it at her, the report said. It struck James in the back of the head, but she got away.

In an interview with the investigator, Allen said James had invited him over. He said she wanted a cigarette, and when she couldn't find the keys to the padlocks, she broke a window to get out. He said the bump on her head happened when she fell out of the window onto the ground.

He admitted throwing the battery charger but said it didn't hit her.

James could not be reached Friday. Records show she was arrested Feb. 24 on charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Allen was arrested that same day and on those same charges, plus a charge of battery by strangulation.

He had been out on bail when the incident at the mobile home happened, and he is now also charged with violating his pretrial release.

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Hudson man accused of imprisoning girlfriend in home for 5 days 03/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 26, 2010 9:01pm]
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