- The Enterprise
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A Waldorf man has been charged with assault and motor vehicle theft after he allegedly beat, choked and threw a couch on a woman before stealing her car during an April 24 argument at his Lake Drive apartment.
Charles County sheriff’s officer P. Morgan responded to a Pisgah home at around 12:35 a.m. April 25 to find the woman with a cut on her leg and a swollen, cut lip, charging papers state.
The woman told police that she and Gregory Derrell Lea, 42, had gotten into an argument the previous afternoon after he “began acting jealous and became angry” because she and a friend had started talking about one of his friends, the papers state.
The woman said Lea smacked her in the face and, after pushing her to the ground, kicked her in the chest and stomach with steel-toed boots, according to court records.
The woman’s friend tried to stop Lea, but he pushed her out of the way and kept up the assault. He stopped kicking the woman but started choking her instead. She “thought he was going to choke her” unconscious, the papers state.
After choking the woman, Lea picked up a couch and threw it on her, according to the documents.
Lea grabbed the woman’s cellphone and keys before leaving the apartment.
The woman planned to leave for her parents’ house in Pisgah, but she found her car missing from the building’s parking lot. She and her friend eventually made it to her parents’ home and called police.
While Morgan spoke to the woman and her friend in Pisgah, officers in Waldorf went to the Lake Drive apartment complex, where they found the woman’s car unlocked and with no keys inside. Lea was not in the apartment, but a security guard saw him leaving the area in his silver Ford F-150 pickup truck at around 12:30 a.m.
At 2:12 a.m., officer J. Morales spotted Lea’s truck and pulled him over in the parking lot of the Wendy’s restaurant on southbound U.S. 301 in Waldorf.
Morales arrested Lea and took him to the Charles County jail in La Plata. He has been charged with first- and second-degree assault, motor vehicle theft and theft of less than $1,000.
Lea was released April 26 on $10,000 bond.