UPDATE: The suspect in this case, Jovon Monk, ended up pleading guilty to just one of his charges, a fourth degree criminal mischief charge, according to his attorney. 

ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man is facing a slew of charges following several incidents in the city of Ithaca over the past few days, court records show.

Jovon Monk, 31, is accused of violently attacking a woman several times at a West Village apartment last week, after she refused to have sex with him.

An accusatory instrument from the woman involved in the incident recounts the following (Editor’s note: this narrative includes a detailed description of an attack on a woman.) :

Around 2 a.m. on May 19, Monk — apparently intoxicated —  broke into the apartment of a woman he knows and approached her while she was sleeping in the living room. He took off most of his clothes and demanded that she have sex with him. When she refused, Monk slapped her face and head.

The situation then escalated into more physical violence. Monk allegedly pushed the woman into a wall when she tried to get away from him and choked her while intermittently banging her head into the wall.

When he stopped attacking her, she went to an upstairs bedroom and said she began crying. Monk then sat outside the door of the bedroom for a period of time and, when she opened the door, grabbed her in a “bear hug” and refused to let her go until she managed to push him away.

He then threw items, including an Xbox controller and fire detectors at her from the second floor of the apartment.

After attempting to call her mother twice, she went to another bedroom, where he followed her and began attacking and choking her again.

Shortly afterward, as he was calming down, the woman asked Jovan to leave with a few items that belonged to him and return a spare key that he had. He complied, but broke her apartment door after trying to get back in when she locked the door behind him.

She called the police the following morning when the door was so severely damaged she could not open it.

Monk is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breath or blood circulation and second-degree harassment.

According to court records, Monk is also facing pending charges in regard to two other incidents.

He is charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance after allegedly selling heroin to a person on May 18, and he’s accused of being a passenger in a vehicle where a loaded gun was in the glove compartment. He’s charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the latter accusation.

Court records state that he knew about and made reference to the gun in the glove compartment.

Monk is scheduled to appear in Ithaca City Court Wednesday at 2 p.m. He’s currently in custody at the Tompkins County Jail without bail.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.