The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Basye man with assault and abduction by force after investigating allegations he hit a woman and days later would not let her leave a bedroom.

Deputies charged Joseph Lee Jenkins III, 37, after a woman on Tuesday managed to get out of a bedroom and away from Jenkins.

A criminal complaint states that Jenkins on Aug. 25 assaulted the woman by hitting her with a closed fist on her forehead. The complaint then states that on Sept. 3 Jenkins is accused of placing deadbolts on a bedroom door and would not allow the woman to leave “by placing himself over her in a manner in which to intimidate her and restrict her freedom of movements, also standing by the door keeping her from exiting the room,” according to the complaint.

Maj. Scott Proctor said the office found out about both incidents on Tuesday.

He said it was an ongoing domestic situation but was unable to provide details of what, if anything, could have occurred from Aug. 25 to Tuesday.

According to court documents, Jenkins has pending charges for violation of a protection order involving the same woman. He was released on a secured bond of $1,000 on Aug. 13. Details of that incident were not immediately available.

Jenkins is being held at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond on his most recent charges. His next court date is scheduled for Oct. 17.

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