|Paul Jordan II struck missing girlfriend’s mother with a metal chair|
Paul Jordan II
Friday, July 6, 2012
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
A Rocky Mount man pleaded guilty Thursday in Franklin County General District Court to assault and battery and failure to appear in court.
Paul Rievens Jordan II, 39, was sentenced to 12 months in jail on each of the two charges with all of the time suspended, except 45 days for time served.
Jordan was also ordered to be of good behavior for five years.
The failure to appear charge against Jordan was issued when Jordan did not appear in court on June 13 for a hearing on the assault and battery charge.
Jordan was 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 alleged.
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.
The missing person case was elevated to a criminal investigation last month when forensic evidence was found that indicated Heather Hodges' disappearance was preceded by a violent event, according to Lt. Todd Maxey. Investigators have a person of interest, but declined to identify the person or provide any details about the evidence.
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.