ITHACA, N.Y. – An Ithaca man was arrested Sunday after police reported he physically assaulted a woman on two separate occasions during the same day, violating an order of protection.

Officers from the Ithaca Police Department responded to a domestic dispute complaint at an apartment on State Street at approximately 4:30 a.m. on July 23.

According to the woman’s statement, Davonne E. Simeon, 25, was at her house when he began yelling at her. Simeon allegedly threw the woman’s television on the ground and proceeded to hit her. Upon calling the police, the victim said Simeon then left the apartment.

Court records state a complete stay away order of protection was issued to the defendant against the woman in February, which is not set to expire until 2022. However, the victim said in a voluntary statement that Simeon had been sleeping in her apartment since May, despite the order.

The woman stated that while she let Simeon stay at her apartment despite the order, she no longer wanted him there anymore. In her statement, she said he had keys to her apartment, mailbox, her cell phone, and various items in her apartment which she wanted Simeon to take back.

Later that day, around 12:59 p.m., police reported that Simeon returned to the woman’s apartment to gather his personal belongings when he physically assaulted her again. According to police records, Simeon punched the woman in the face and pushed her.

Simeon was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal contempt. He is scheduled to appear in Ithaca City Court on July 26.

This article initially reported that Simeon was 26 years old. It has since been updated with his correct age. 

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.