Columbia man charged with five felonies in assault

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A Columbia man was being held on $125,000 bail after being charged with five felony counts in connection with an incident Monday night in which he is accused of beating up and sexually assaulting a female acquaintance.

Davion Hunter Gross, 20, has been charged with first-degree sodomy, unlawful use of a weapon, third-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action and first-degree kidnapping.

According to the probable cause statement, Gross was sitting in a car with a woman when he told her that her body belonged to him and began to make sexual advances. When she rejected Gross's attempts both verbally and physically, he punched her in the face, shoulder and then forced her to perform oral sex. The woman had a cut lip, according to the statement.

After the assault, Gross demanded that she give him a ride to an address on Apple Tree Court. When she refused, he pulled a gun out and pointed it at her. The woman complied and described Gross as behaving erratically during the drive, telling her to go faster and pulling on the steering wheel. After she stopped the car at a stop sign, he threatened to "blow her brains out" if she stopped again.

The probable cause statement notes that Gross had told the woman several times in the past that he was going to kill her.

Gross is described as a "persistent assault offender" in the charging document from the Boone County Prosecutor's Office.

On Aug. 4, he was found guilty on two charges of fourth-degree domestic assault stemming from two separate incidents.

He was arrested by Columbia Police Department in the most recent incident on Tuesday and was being held in the Boone County Jail. He was scheduled for an initial arraignment at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Supervising editor is Katherine Reed.

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