|Paul Jordan II failed to appear in court on assault and battery charge|
Paul Jordan II
Friday, June 15, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A judge issued a warrant for the arrest of a Rocky Mount man charged with assault and battery when he failed to appear for a hearing in Franklin County General District Court Wednesday morning.
Paul Rievens Jordan II, 39, is charged with beating his girlfriend's mother, Paula L. Hodges of Ferrum, with a metal chair on April 5, according to the criminal complaint filed by Hodges.
Hodges said Jordan became angry, began beating her with a chair and "came after me with a baseball bat," the complaint alleges.
Hodges ran to the bathroom and eventually got away from her daughter's house on Shady Lane, just outside Rocky Mount, where the alleged assault occurred.
Hodges was treated for injuries at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital, according to the police report. She sustained bruises on her head, face, back and right leg, which were documented with photographs.
Jordan has a long criminal history with three felony convictions for grand larceny and property destruction in 1992. Jordan's criminal record also includes eight misdemeanor convictions for assault, assault and battery, shoplifting, property destruction, obstructing justice and contributing to the delinquency of a minor from 1990 to 2009.
Jordan is the last person known to have contact with his girlfriend, Heather Hodges, 22, who has been missing since April 9.
Paula Hodges, who filed the assault charge, is Heather Hodges' mother.
Jordan told investigators that he left the house the couple shared on Shady Lane for about 10 minutes about 10:30 p.m. on April 9 and was unable to locate Heather Hodges when he returned.
Despite numerous searches, interviews and follow-ups on leads, investigators have been unable to locate Heather Hodges.
Heather Hodges did not take any of her personal belongings with her, and her vehicle was not missing, said Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton. Heather Hodges had left home in the past but not for this long and not without contacting family members, he added.
The case is being investigated as a missing person because no evidence has been found of a crime, Overton said.
Heather Hodges has blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs about 100 pounds.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the sheriff's office at 483-3000 or the anonymous crimeline at 483-6620.