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Updated: Johnson City man accused of raping woman in apartment

Becky Campbell • Updated Aug 1, 2017 at 9:08 AM

A Johnson City man with a lengthy criminal history raped and assaulted a woman after she tried to leave his apartment, resulting in his arrest Sunday, according to police.

Jason Avery, 42, 507 W. Watauga Ave., No. 5, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and aggravated assault.

Around 1 a.m., police went to the corner of Buffalo and West Walnut streets after the woman called 911. She told police she had been at Avery’s apartment earlier in the night when the pair got into an argument and she tried to leave.

The woman told police Avery had choked her until she lost consciousness, and when she awoke, she was spitting blood out from where she’d bitten her tongue. Avery was going through the woman’s pants pockets when she came to.

She asked Avery if she could use the bathroom, in hopes of getting away from him because the bathroom is shared among residents and was located outside his apartment. Avery pulled a knife on the woman, according to what she told police, and told her to urinate in a bucket he had.

Eventually, Avery allowed the woman to go wash the blood off her mouth, but he went with her which prevented her from getting away. While in the bathroom, Avery forced the woman to give him oral sex, according to court documents. Police said Avery raped the woman a second time before she was able to get away and call for help.

She was taken to Johnson City Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police said they found Avery at his residence and took him to the Johnson City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division office for an interview. Police said Avery’s account of the event was inconsistent with the victim’s injuries.

He was arrested and booked into the Washington County Detention Center on $150,000 bond. He was arraigned in Sessions Court Monday afternoon and has a preliminary hearing scheduled next week.

His arrest Sunday was not Avery’s first:

— In June 2016, Avery was charged with aggravated robbery when police found a 74-year-old man assaulted and robbed in a King Springs Road apartment complex.

— In April 2014, was accused of stealing a television on Barton Street.

— In February 2014, Avery was one of two men charged with robbing a pair of convenience stores.

— In November 2013, he was charged with public intoxication and possession of prohibited weapons.

— In August 2013, he was charged with assaulting a woman in Carter County and taking her car and money.

— In September 2012, he was accused of waking a Claiborne Street man and threatening to beat him while demanding his money. Police said he stole the man's wallet.

— In November 2011, he was arrested at a Wilson Avenue address after police allegedly found four packages of crack cocaine in his possession. He had been arrested that September at the same location on charges that he had assaulted a man and robbed him of his wallet, $3 and his cell phone.

Avery also has a pending driving violation. 

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Reported earlier:

A Johnson City man with a lengthy criminal history raped and assaulted a woman after she tried to leave his apartment, resulting in his arrest Sunday, according to police.

Jason Avery, 42, 507 W. Watauga Ave., No. 5, was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated rape and aggravated assault.

Around 1 a.m., police went to the corner of Buffalo and West Walnut streets after the woman called 911. She told police she had been at Avery’s apartment earlier in the night when the pair got into an argument and she tried to leave.

The woman told police Avery had choked her until she lost consciousness, held her against her will and raped her. She was taken to Johnson City Medical Center, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.

Police said they found Avery at his residence and took him to the Johnson City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division office for an interview. Police said Avery’s account of the event was inconsistent with the victim’s injuries.

He was arrested and booked into the Washington County Detention Center on $150,000 bond. A Sessions Court appearance was set for Monday.

His arrest Sunday was not Avery’s first:

— In June 2016, Avery was charged with aggravated robbery when police found a 74-year-old man assaulted and robbed in a King Springs Road apartment complex.

— In April 2014, was accused of stealing a television on Barton Street.

— In February 2014, Avery was one of two men charged with robbing a pair of convenience stores.

— In November 2013, he was charged with public intoxication and possession of prohibited weapons.

— In August 2013, he was charged with assaulting a woman in Carter County and taking her car and money.

— In September 2012, he was accused of waking a Claiborne Street man and threatening to beat him while demanding his money. Police said he stole the man's wallet.

— In November 2011, he was arrested at a Wilson Avenue address after police allegedly found four packages of crack cocaine in his possession. He had been arrested that September at the same location on charges that he had assaulted a man and robbed him of his wallet, $3 and his cell phone.

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