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Man charged with bleach attack

May 14, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Hagerstown man was being held Thursday at the Washington County Detention Center after he was accused of throwing bleach on his live-in girlfriend.

Tavon Jones, 25, was charged with first-degree assault in the Wednesday night incident.

Hagerstown Police alleged that Jones threw the bleach on his girlfriend after the couple had an argument about money, Washington County District Court documents show.

Police were called to the couple's home at 163 S. Potomac St. for a domestic disturbance at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers found a woman standing in the living room with a wet cloth over her face. She smelled strongly of bleach and her clothing had large bleach stains, police wrote in charging documents.

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The woman said her live-in boyfriend, Jones, dumped bleach over her head and chest, officers alleged in charging documents. She also told police he was still in the home, but officers couldn't find him.

During a bond hearing Thursday afternoon, Judge Oliver John Cejka Jr., sitting in Washington County District Court, reduced Jones' bond from the $20,000 set by a district court commissioner to $5,000.

Jones has lived in Washington County for four months, and the rest of his family lives in Baltimore, he said from the jail via closed-circuit television. He has a baby on the way, and he lives with the baby's mother, Jones said.

Jones asked the judge to release him, saying he's not a criminal.

"This just happen the way they happen," Jones said.

Community Rescue Service Inc. workers took the woman to Washington County Hospital, but the hospital had no record of her being treated there, a hospital spokeswoman said Thursday morning.

While at the hospital Wednesday night, the woman told police that Jones was drunk when she arrived home at about 10 p.m., officers wrote in charging documents. She alleged to officers the two argued about money, and Jones pushed her against the wall. She pushed him back and told him to leave her alone, court documents show.

After they went into different rooms, he returned with a container of bleach and dumped it on her, police alleged in charging documents. Some of the bleach went into her mouth and a "large amount" went into her right eye, documents show.

The woman ran to another apartment to call 911.

Hagerstown police found Jones, who wrote a statement after he was advised of his rights.

According to his statement, Jones and the woman argued about rent money. He started going through her clothes looking for the money, and when she tried to stop him he blocked her from entering the room, he said in his statement.

She began to push and punch him, and he tried to get her to leave but she wouldn't go, his statement says.

That's when he went to the kitchen, got the bleach and dumped it on her, court documents allege.

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