Atlantic County man’s third restraining violation keeps him jailed
An Atlantic County man who violated a restraining order for the third time was held in jail Tuesday.
Johnathan Parker, 29, was just released following a May 6 violation of the order when he went to his former girlfriend’s Atlantic City home last Wednesday, “knocking continuously on the door while demanding money,” according to the allegations.
He then refused show responding officers identification, yelled at them and resisted arrest, causing lacerations to the officer’s hands, the charges state.
Parker “really just needed to pick up his belongings,” attorney Scott Sherwood told the judge, acknowledging that his client should have first called police to accompany him.
“He wasn’t clear on the proper procedure,” Sherwood said.
But Superior Court Judge Pam D’Arcy did not accept that explanation.
“This does not ring true to the court,” she said. “He had two prior contempts, so he had to have known the process.”
Parker also failed to appear in court this month as well.
Sherwood said Parker is employed with South Jersey Sanitation and could live in Hammonton with his grandmother, if released.
D’Arcy instead ordered him held.
He will now stay jailed pending the outcome of his case.
Parker did not immediately leave the jail booth, where his appearance was being live-streamed.
“So, what’s that mean, I’m still going to be held, detained?” he asked.
“Yes, you are detained, that’s how I ruled,” D’Arcy told him.