A New Jersey man accused of “body slamming” a woman while she played a slot machine at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City will remain in jail after an Atlantic County judge denied him bail this week.
Timothy Mitchell, who is 6’ 5”, was captured on casino security video picking up the 4’ 11’’ woman and hurling her to the ground, Breaking AC reports. He then appeared to walk away before returning to attack the woman again while bystanders and security tried to protect her, according to prosecutors.
The woman was able to escape the attack by crawling out of her sweatshirt, while Mitchell was pulling it.
Denies Relationship with Victim
The victim had a prior relationship with the defendant. She had recently taken out a temporary retraining order on him, according to court records, and so the case is being treated as a domestic violence issue.
But in court, Mitchell denied ever having a relationship with the victim, claiming they met through an escort service.
I don’t know this girl from a can of paint,” Mitchell told the judge, as reported by Breaking AC. “I don’t even know her name. I call her Chrissy.”
The victim repeatedly refused medical attention after the attack and told responding police officers she did not want to press charges against Mitchell because she had outstanding warrants.
Deputy New Jersey Attorney General Nicole Wise told the judge that Mitchell was a danger to the community and should remain behind bars. She cited his extensive criminal history and the fact that he was on probation at the time of the attack.
“He only remained law-abiding for very short periods of time in his life,” Wise said. “And those times are when he was likely incarcerated.”
Mitchell’s rap sheet includes 13 indictable convictions, including seven that involved violence, per Breaking AC. One involved throwing bodily fluids at laws enforcement officers.
Judge Garrabrant agreed with the prosecutor’s analysis.
“His criminal history spans 25 years,” she said. “He has refused to remain law-abiding since reaching the age of majority.”
She ordered him to remain incarcerated pending the conclusion of the case.
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