ADAMS TWP — A man faces a felony charge after police say a domestic argument turned physical early Wednesday.
Javon Edward Jenkins, 48, is charged with strangulation, a second-degree felony, simple assault, a second-degree misdemeanor, and harassment, a summary charge, after township police say he broke into his girlfriend's house following an argument about her leaving for the weekend. Jenkins has a home address in Adams Township and a mailing address with a ZIP code in Pittsburgh's North Side.
According to Officer Jason Giallorenzo's affidavit, police arrived at a house at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday after an uninvolved person called police saying a man was “threatening to kill everyone” and attempting to break in. When Giallorenzo arrived, the affidavit states, he heard a man shouting and entered the house.
When inside, Giallorenzo announced his presence, and Jenkins raised his hands. The officer searched him and found a box cutter in his pants pocket, the affidavit states.
Jenkins told police he and his girlfriend had an argument about her taking his phone and leaving the previous weekend, but had “worked it out,” the affidavit states. He added the argument never turned physical, but police say his behavior was erratic.
“While attempting to get a statement from Jenkins, Jenkins continuously acted irate and yelled at officers,” the affidavit states.
When police asked the victim about the argument, she provided a different version of events, saying Jenkins spit in her face during the argument and pushed her before she made it upstairs. At that time, according to the affidavit, Jenkins left the house and she locked the door.
Jenkins later returned, according to police, and “broke into” the residence. Once inside, he allegedly proceeded to strangle the victim with both hands.
“(The victim) stated that she was unable to (breathe) and 'prayed that the police would come,' ” the affidavit reads in part. She added Jenkins only let go when police entered the house.
Police said the victim had visible marks on the right side of her neck consistent with strangulation.
Jenkins remains in Butler County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail. Online court records do not indicate if he is represented by an attorney.