Men face charges for beating women

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By Reece Murphy

Two Lancaster men are in trouble with the law in separate incidents last week after they allegedly assaulted their girlfriends in public.
The first incident occurred Dec. 3.
According to a Lancaster Police incident report, an officer responded to the intersection of Willowlake Road and Dunlap Street just after 11 p.m. Dec. 3, where he found a woman bleeding from what appeared to be an injury caused by “blunt force trauma” to the right eye.
The 53-year-old woman said she had been at a friend’s house when she got a phone call from a man listed in the report as her boyfriend, Timothy Jackson, 53, whom she said sounded drunk.
The woman said she told Jackson where she was, but then left to take a friend home. She said along the way, she and her female friend were approached at the intersection by Jackson, who began “grabbing and pulling” at her.
The woman said during the tussle, Jackson punched her in the head and broke her pearl necklace while trying to snatch it off her neck. When she tried to call police, she said Jackson grabbed her cell phone and ran away with it on Dunlap Street.
The arresting officer also noted that Jackson allegedly assaulted the woman’s friend, though he said she refused to cooperate and “would not give her information.”
Officers found Jackson at his home at 314 Hughes St., where he admitted being upset at his girlfriend because “she wanted to stay out all night when he had gotten her a job in the morning.”
The report said Jackson admitted punching his girlfriend, but maintained he didn’t take her cell phone. Nevertheless, police arrested Jackson for strong-arm robbery and took him to the Municipal Justice Center, where he was booked.
The phone, make and model unknown, was never recovered and valued at $20 in the report.  
Second incident
The second incident occurred the next night, Dec. 4.
According to an incident report, a Lancaster police officer was patrolling the area of East Gay and South Market streets about 11:48 p.m. when he saw a gray Ford Explorer parked or wrecked on the sidewalk at 201 S. Market St.
The officer said he went around the block and was heading back to the car when the SUV’s female owner flagged him down at the intersection of South Market and East Arch streets.
The 57-year-old woman told the officer she’d been assaulted by a man she called a “friend with benefits.”  
The man, also 57, has not been named since, as of press time, it was unclear if he’d been charged.
The woman said the events leading up to the assault began earlier in the evening when a friend asked to borrow her SUV, a request she refused, though she agreed to give him a ride to Murphy’s Auto Parts on S.C. 9 Bypass.
The woman said she then gave the man a ride to the Ellen Dean Hotel on North White Street, “where he sometimes stays.”
When they arrived, the man started an argument, in which he accused her of cheating on him, the woman said.
The woman said her erstwhile boyfriend then snatched the keys out of the SUV’s ignition, walked around to her side and pulled her out. He then began beating the woman, the report said, “hitting her in the right side of her mouth and cutting her left index finger with the car keys.”
According to the woman, the man then forced her back in the vehicle and told her to drive him to her house on Gillsbrook Road, but she went the other way, intending to drive to the police department on East Arch Street.
The woman said when they got to the intersection of East Gay and South Market streets, the man reached over, threw the SUV into park while it was moving and pulled the keys out of the ignition.
With the steering wheel locked, the woman said, the Explorer crossed the intersection, jumped the curb and slammed into the brick steps of the home at 201 S. Market.
The woman said the man got out and threw her keys into the middle of the intersection. When she got out, he assaulted her again and threw her down before heading off down Gay Street.
The officer said he took photographs of the woman’s wounds and damage to the SUV, for use in securing a warrant against the man for criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and malicious injury to property.
Damage to the woman’s Explorer was estimated at $1,000.

Contact reporter Reece Murphy at (803) 283-1151.