The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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June 10, 2014

Orwell man jailed after threatening to kill wife

JEFFERSON — An Orwell man was arrested Sunday after allegedly threatening to kill his wife and her family.

Bryant Mathis, 38, of 31 Carroll Ave., Orwell, was arraigned Monday in Western County Court on one count of domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor, and one count of aggravated menacing, a first-degree misdemeanor. Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety only, according to a court spokesperson.

Ashtabula County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Fee Road address in New Lyme Township Sunday after Mathis and his wife allegedly became involved in a verbal dispute, according to Sheriff’s report.

The victim reportedly told deputies she and Mathis have been in a relationship for many years and are now married, but the couple has not been getting along for several weeks, according to the report.

Mathis reportedly became upset when his wife went out with a friend Saturday and did not return until Sunday morning. The victim called ACSO after Mathis allegedly told her “wait ‘til I get you alone, I’ve got a hole dug for you,” according to the report.

The victim initially did not wish to pursue charges as Mathis agreed to leave the residence for the day, according to the report.

Deputies received a call a short time later from the victim’s father stating the back door had been kicked in and the victim and the couple’s children were at the parents’ home out of safety concerns, according to the report.

Deputies were called to the victim’s parents’ Moore Road home later in the day after Mathis reportedly called his wife and threatened to kill her and her parents, according to the report.

Mathis also reportedly called the victim’s brother and left 14 voice messages yelling and screaming profanities as well as threatening to hurt various persons. He also stated he was on his way to the Moore Road address in several of the messages, according to the report.

Deputies located Mathis in Trumbull County and arrested him. While transporting him to Ashtabula County Jail, the deputy had to pull over as Mathis was being uncooperative. Once at the jail, his irate and turbulent behavior continued and he refused to cooperate with the jail staff, according to the report.

Mathis had to be restrained and placed in a holding room, according to the report.

Mathis has a history of violent crimes as well as a prior domestic violence conviction, according to the report.

He did not post bond and remains in Ashtabula County Jail, according to a court spokesperson.

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