A Lexington Park man was granted bail after he was accused of choking his ex-wife.
Antwone Eugene Dickerson, 36, was charged with first and second-degree assault, home invasion and third-degree burglary after an incident on June 1.
According to court documents, Dickerson allegedly entered his ex-wife’s home uninvited before he allegedly started choking her. The two have been separated for two years.
“He is extremely jealous and dangerous,” St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Gina M. Fioravanti said.
The victim said the two of them were at the same party when Dickerson became angry after he noticed she was getting attention from other men. After she went home with her friends, the court documents read that Dickerson opened the front door and began choking her.
She told police that she had trouble breathing but eventually caught her breath, according to the documents. The victim clarified “Antwone does not reside with her, was not invited over by her friends and was not let into the residence,” court papers read.
Fioravanti said she spoke to the victim on Friday and learned that Dickerson allegedly assaulted her before in 2005. She also referenced comments Dickerson allegedly made on his Facebook page that said “Dating is easy, all you gotta do is whatever the f- — I tell you.”
Edie Fortuna, a deputy district public defender for Southern Maryland, said Dickerson has children to take care of and has a “very scant” connection to the criminal justice system.
“Obviously, there’s a different side to the story,” she said. Fortuna added that her client looks forward to having his day in court and hopes to be able to keep working.
St. Mary’s District Judge Christy Holt Chesser said the court will consider the information about Dickerson allegedly assaulting the same victim in the past. However, the judge added that Dickerson’s public safety could be managed if he was released on house arrest.
“He is to have no contact with the victim and he is not to return to her residence,” Chesser said.
Dickerson is to return to court for a preliminary hearing on July 11.