Police: Man tried to rape woman in front of her teenage daughter

Sarah Robinson

Jonathan Matthew Hall
Jonathan Matthew Hall

A Phenix City man is accused of trying to rape a woman in front of her 17-year-old daughter on Oct. 10 in Columbus.

Johnathan Hall, 36, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to criminal attempt rape and was ordered held in Muscogee County Jail under a $50,000 bond.

Columbus Officer Ben Braddy said the victim told authorities that Hall called her earlier that day to see if he could “stay on her couch.”

When Hall arrived at the residence, he got upset with the victim about an incident that happened about a year ago. The victim said she believes that Hall may have been drinking based on his behavior, Braddy told Judge Michael Cilenski.

The woman told police Hall grabbed her, threw her from one couch to the other and then shoved her onto the floor. He then towered over her and tried to rape her, police said.

“(The victim) stated that she was attempting to get away from him, but he kept overpowering her,” Braddy told the court. “She stated that she continued to tell him to leave her alone.”

At some point, the altercation got so loud that it woke up the daughter, the officer stated. The mother said her daughter came into the room, but she told her to leave for fear that she would get involved, authorities said.

“She didn’t want her daughter involved in that or anywhere near it,” Braddy testified.

The daughter told police that she left the living room but returned a few minutes later after hearing her mother’s constant scream.

“(The daughter) stated that she returned to the living room and she saw her mother on the living room floor with Mr. Hall standing over her,” Braddy said. “She stated that she ran towards Mr. Hall and started to push on him. At that point, he separated himself.”

Braddy said Hall fled the scene shortly before police arrived but left a voicemail for the victim apologizing for his actions.

After listening to the message, police called Hall and questioned him. The defendant allegedly gave a brief description of the incident over the phone but refused to got into further detail.

“He just said that he came over there, because (the victim) invited him over there to have sex,” Braddy said.

Hall was apprehended 9:45 a.m. Sunday at the Russell County Jail. 

Hall, who was represented by Columbus Public Defender Charles Lykins, didn’t testify in court. The case was bound over to Superior Court.

— Sarah is a crime and safety reporter at The Ledger-Enquirer. You can contact her on Twitter at @SarahR_92.