Man indicted in assault of church secretary

| November 21, 2009

NEWARK — A Florida man authorities say broke a church secretary’s jaw was indicted on kidnapping and assault charges Thursday by a Licking County grand jury.

Jurodt G. Taylor, 48, last known address 13229 Bunn Circle, Apt. 59, Tampa, Fla., was charged with one count each of kidnapping, a first-degree felony; and assault, a second-degree felony.

If convicted, Taylor could face up to 18 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.

On Nov. 4, Taylor entered the Parish House of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located next to Opera House Park on South Main Street, requesting money to pay for transportation to Florida.

After the secretary told Taylor the church had no money and referred him to other organizations, he allegedly punched her in the face, implied he had a hidden gun and left the building after the woman cried out, police said.

Taylor remains in 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.

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