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A Waldorf man charged with beating, choking and throwing a couch on a woman before stealing her car during an April 24 argument at his Lake Drive apartment now has been arrested for allegedly trying to run over a security guard at the complex.
The guard told police he had walked to a nearby 7-Eleven during his break to grab a bite to eat when he recognized Gregory Darrell Lea, 42, putting his dog in his truck parked behind the convenience store, according to charging papers.
Lea then started walking toward the guard and said, “You a tough guy.” The guard told Lea to stop, but he kept walking, so the guard pulled out a tactical baton. When Lea went back to his truck, the guard thought he was doing so to retrieve a weapon, the papers state.
The guard ran back to the apartment complex and was in the middle of Holly Tree Lane when he heard a vehicle coming up behind him. He turned and saw Lea’s truck right behind him but was able to jump out of the way. The guard said the truck was “inches” from hitting him, court records state.
The guard then ran behind the apartment building and hid from Lea, who drove around the complex as if he were looking for someone, the documents state.
As he was hiding, the guard’s girlfriend called and he had her call police, who arrived just as Lea had pulled out of the complex and was headed toward U.S. 301.
The guard gave police a description of Lea’s truck. Officers located and pulled Lea over in a turn lane on U.S. 301 at Acton Lane in Waldorf.
Lea told police that the guard had pulled a baton on him behind the 7-Eleven before running away, the papers state. He said he went to the apartments to pick up his girlfriend and then left. He denied trying to run the guard over.
Investigators informed Lea that he had been barred from the complex by the apartment manager for getting into a fight there June 30, a fact Lea said he was unaware of.
Lea was charged with first-degree assault and trespassing and is being held without bond in Charles County jail.
He was indicted May 11 for the alleged April 24 assault and is scheduled for a Sept. 17 trial in that case. He is charged with first- and second-degree assault, motor vehicle theft and theft of less than $1,000, according to online court records.
A woman told police April 25 that she and Lea had gotten into an argument the previous afternoon and that he had smacked her in the face, pushed her on the ground and kicked her in the chest and stomach with steel-toed boots, according to court records.
The woman’s friend tried to stop the assault, but Lea pushed her away and started choking the woman, who thought she was going to lose consciousness, the papers state.
Lea then stopped choking the woman, picked up a couch and threw it on her, she told police. He grabbed the woman’s cellphone and keys before leaving the apartment.
The woman later found her car was missing from the parking lot, but she eventually made it to her parents’ Pisgah home and called police.
The officer who interviewed the woman in Pisgah around 12:35 a.m. described her as having a cut on her leg and a swollen, cut lip, the papers state. Meanwhile, other officers went to Lea’s apartment, where they found the woman’s car unlocked and with no keys inside. A security guard said he saw Lea leave the area in his silver pickup truck around 12:30 a.m.
Nearly two hours later, an officer spotted Lea’s truck and pulled him over in a parking lot along southbound U.S. 301 in Waldorf.