By Jacob Mathias
After allegedly punching a woman in the face, a Whiting man faces charges of battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.
Jason Hankey, 40, faces misdemeanor charges for both battery and criminal damage to property which carry a maximum sentence of a nine months imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both. For disorderly conduct, he faces up to 90 days imprisonment, a $1,000 fine or both.
According to court documents, Portage Co. deputies responded to Hankey’s home on the 100 block of McDill Ave. on July 28 when, shortly after 4 PM a woman from the home called police to reported she had been punched in the face and her nose was bleeding.
According to the victim an argument began after Hankey became jealous when the woman’s coworker began texting her.
She also said Hankey cracked her cell phone screen after reading through the woman’s text history. At one point Hankey left the room and the woman locked the door behind him, but he later allegedly kicked that door, causing damage to the frame. She claims he also forcibly removed her engagement ring from her finger, took the woman’s keys and attempted to leave in the couple’s vehicle.
The woman alleges Hankey also grabbed her hair and punched her in the face four times while threatening to kill her. She eventually escaped to a nearby business and called police.
When interviewed, Hankey admitted to punching the woman three times.
Hankey was previously found guilty of battery and criminal damage to property in July 2013 after he pleaded no contest to the charges. He was released on a $750 cash bond under the condition he have no contact with the victim.
He returns to court on August 29 at 1:30 PM.