By Joe Johnson
A paroled convict from Athens was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and stole her Jeep.
According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, a 37-year-old East Carver Drive woman reported on July 3 that 35-year-old Adam Lee Mark punched in the mouth and stole her 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
She said that when asking Mark why he had changed her phone’s passcode, he responded that it was a joke, according to the report.
“She told him she knows that he was cheating on her and that is the real reason he did this to her phone,” the report stated. Mark got mad at the woman for accusing him and reportedly pushed her.
The woman then told Mark to leave, and when he refused, she threatened to call 911, according to the report. Mark then allegedly snatched from the woman’s hands her phone and keys to her Jeep and drove away in the vehicle, according to the police report.
The woman reportedly said she was able to retrieve her purse from the Jeep before Mark drove away in it.
When calling 911, the woman alleged that Mark punched her in the mouth before stealing the vehicle
A responding officer noted in the report that the woman did not display any fresh injuries, but there was a bruise on her cheek that the woman said came from Mark throwing a paint can at her two weeks earlier. She explained that a small bruise on her neck was caused by Mark briefly choking her a couple of days before, according to the report.
While en route to the East Carver Drive residence, another officer saw Mark driving the Jeep but was unable to stop the vehicle, the report noted.
The first responding officer wrote in the report thar he would not seek family violence warrants “at this time,” but would be taking out warrants charging Mark with theft by taking a motor vehicle, misdemeanor theft, interfering with a 911 call and fleeing and attempting to elude a police officer.
Mark was taken into custody on those charges Saturday afternoon, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.
He was being held without bail at the county jail for violating parole.
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, Mark was paroled in October from Rutledge State Prison, where he served time for theft convictions in DeKalb County.