Florida man indicted in assault on church secretary

| November 15, 2009

NEWARK — A Florida man who authorities say broke a church secretary's jaw faces a felony charge.

Jurodt G. Taylor, 48, last known address 13229 Bunn Circle, Apt. 59, Tampa, Fla., was charged Friday with assault, a second-degree felony, and had his bond set at $50,000, according to court records.

Taylor was charged with misdemeanor assault Nov. 5 in connection with the same incident, but according to court records that case was dismissed Friday when the felony charge was filed.

On Nov. 4, Taylor entered the Parish House of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, located next to Opera House Park on South Main Street, asked to speak with the pastor and requested money to buy gasoline so he could return to Florida, according to a police news release.

The secretary told police Taylor had made a similar request the week before, according to the affidavit for his arrest.

The secretary told him the church had no money to give him, according to the police statement, and referred him to other organizations.

Taylor went to the restroom and when he came back he grabbed the woman and punched her in the face, according to the affidavit.

Police said he implied he had a hidden gun. He then left the building after the victim cried out, police said.

Taylor remains at the Licking County Justice Center. He also has a holder warrant with the U.S. Marshals Service in Tampa, Fla., for a probation violation, according to jail records.

Taylor was charged in a Florida court with armed robbery of a dwelling, robbery and grand theft of an automobile in March 1989, according to Hillsborough County Circuit Court records.

If convicted, the assault would be his first criminal offense in Licking County, according to court records. The case will be heard next by a grand jury for possible indictment.



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