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Man arrested for attacking girlfriend in Cornelius bar

Photo Credit: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Jordan HedgepethA Washington County Sheriff's deputy arrested a man for attacking his girlfriend in a Cornelius bar after it closed early Saturday.

Jordan Hedgepeth, 23, is charged with kidnapping, assault, strangulation, menacing and harassment. The Cornelius resident is being held in the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The victim's name was not immediately available. She was treated at the scene for injuries sustained in the incident.

According to the Washington County Sheriff's Office, at about 3:16 a.m. on Jan. 10, a deputy serving the City of Cornelius was called to Leo's Lair, 1098 Baseline St., The sheriff's office received a 911 call from the bar, but the caller hung up. When the dispatcher called the phone number back, a woman answered and said everything was alright.

Knowing that people may not be able to fully report an incident, combined with the time and location, a deputy went to the bar to investigate. The bar was closed for the night and no one inside initially responded to the deputy.

After several minutes of persistence,however, Hedgepeth finally opened the door. The deputy quickly determined that Hedgepeth had attacked a woman in the bar.

Further investigation revealed Hedgepeth and the woman had been in a relationship for several months. The woman, a bartender at Leo's Lair, had closed the business for the night and Hedgepeth stayed with her.

The two had been arguing throughout the evening and, when they were alone, Hedgepeth became extremely violent. He forced the woman into a back room, where he confined her while he strangled and assaulted her, at one point arming himself with a knife.

The woman was not seriously injured, and was treated at the scene by medical personnel.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds residents that it has a Domestic Violence Resource Team that assists with all domestic violence situations. There are many resources available for victims of domestic violence. If you, or someone you know are the victim of domestic violence, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office for help.