CASA GRANDE — A Casa Grande man was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse and assault of his live-in girlfriend.

Jacob Jones, 33, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence assault, sexual abuse-sexual contact without consent, domestic violence disorderly conduct-fighting, domestic violence endangerment, domestic violence criminal damage and driving under the influence of liquor/drugs/vapors/combo.

A Casa Grande Police officer responded to a call around 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at a home in the 100 block of East Cedar Avenue for a domestic situation, according to a Casa Grande Police report.

A woman at the home told officers that she and her boyfriend, Jones, had been involved in a verbal argument in the backyard that turned physical.

The woman said the two of them had been arguing all day, when Jones allegedly grabbed her cellphone and threw it into the dirt, causing the screen to break. He also allegedly grabbed her by the neck and threw her to the ground.

She also told officers that earlier that day Jones had groped her. The woman said Jones had been drinking and that after the fight he drove off. The woman told officers that this was not the first time Jones had assaulted her.

Officers noted a scratch on the woman’s chin and a cellphone with a broken screen that had dirt on it.

As one of the officers left the scene he spotted Jones’ car and pulled him over on Chuichu Road. The officer stated in his report that Jones’ eyes were glassy and that he could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Jones. Jones told the officer he had had a couple of drinks that day.

Jones told the officer that he and his girlfriend had gotten into a fight and he left the house. He said he saw her on her phone in the backyard and thought she was talking to another man, so he grabbed the phone to see who she was talking to. When he saw that she was talking with a family member, he felt stupid and threw the phone in the dirt.

Jones denied grabbing the woman or throwing her to the ground. Jones said that the woman had hit him before and scratched him that day. The officer noted a scratch on Jones’ forearm.

While another officer was taking Jones through a series of sobriety tests, the first officer noticed a cold, open beer can on the front passenger floorboard that still had some liquid in it. The officer performing the sobriety tests took Jones into custody after Jones allegedly declined a preliminary breath test.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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