Man in jail accused of extortion

2013-07-25T14:53:00Z 2013-07-25T19:13:43Z Man in jail accused of extortionThomas Geyer The Quad-City Times

A Moline man being held in the Scott County Jail on felony stalking and other charges was charged with extortion on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Allen Graves, 36, has been in the Scott County Jail since May 23 when Davenport police arrested him on the stalking charge as well as charges of domestic abuse, harassment and violating a no contact order his victim had out on him.

Graves is not allowed any contact with his victim.

The extortion charge stems from an incident June 25 when Graves is accused of threatening physical injury to a person he was trying to persuade to pass messages to his ex-girlfriend through written notes and phone calls.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Detective Janet Martin, Graves threatened the extortion victim that he would be beaten if he did not comply. Graves also told the extortion victim that he knew where he lived.

Graves, whose last known address is 4105 22nd Ave., Moline, was arrested May 23 after his victim was able to go to the Davenport police station and file a complaint about a domestic disturbance that originated in Illinois on May 22 and ended the next day.

According to the May 23 arrest affidavit filed by Martin, the victim said Graves held her against her will in Illinois and repeatedly assaulted her.

On May 23, Graves drove the victim to a physical therapy appointment and went inside the building with her, according to the arrest affidavit. He waited until the appointment was finished and then left with her.

She then was able to convince Graves that she needed to go to work. While he let the victim go, he sent her a text message telling her he was waiting across the street. He then went to the victim's place of employment and sat on a bench outside the front door.

Martin's affidavit states that during this incident, Graves threatened to kill the victim by injecting her with drain cleaner and cut off her children's heads.

Graves was arrested on the first-degree harassment and domestic assault charges and was taken to the Scott County Jail. A no contact order was served on him at the jail, according to the affidavit.

Graves is being held in the Scott County Jail serving 180 days for five charges of violating the no contact order his victim has on him.

In addition to the new extortion charge, Graves is awaiting trial on a charge of felony stalking, domestic abuse and first-degree harassment.

The stalking and extortion charges each are Class D felonies that carry a prison sentence of up to five years. The harassment charge is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years.

Graves faces charges in Illinois related to the incident once the Iowa case is completed. 

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  1. katara
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    katara - July 26, 2013 5:38 pm
    No assumptions here.. This guy is WAY creepy...
  2. mwqcb
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    mwqcb - July 26, 2013 7:05 am
    WOW! I don't respond to these comments and can't believe sometimes I read them. This time I have to speak up. I read this because it sounds so much like a person I was with. Male or female the police are not always the greatest because they get sick of people filing protective orders just to get even with someone. People like this are not right in the head. They can be very nice and caring for a while then the other side comes out. You can end up so scared, manipulated and exhausted you don't know what to do. Once you have realized you cannot over power them and you have suffered injuries from trying you do what they say. How dare you make comments about her getting into the car with him. I don't know her story but neither do you. The person in my life went to prison FINALLY for a long time for his charges he had done to me. They don't go away until they are charged MANY times. I now have learned to shoot and have a concealed to carry permit, I'll be fine! But having people judge is not helpful to anyone.
  3. finch
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    finch - July 25, 2013 8:33 pm
    Can you read???
  4. ChamPain
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    ChamPain - July 25, 2013 6:53 pm
    While i agree that men and women are treated differently by the police and the courts when it comes to domestic violence issues (as well as custody issues), it appears in this instance that the man forced the female victim to be with him and wouldnt let her out of his site.
  5. iowalittledog
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    iowalittledog - July 25, 2013 6:34 pm
    All I can say for this one is that I notice the police are real quick to assist a woman, in a domestic issue, but where does the man go for assistance? Often Davenport Police will assume that a man can defend himself, which he can, but that often leads to the male going to jail, because when the police arrive they will she the WOMAN took physical contact and assume the male was the aggressor. Thus our system offer the male less protection or resources. In this case it APPEARS the victim had several opportunities to contact someone for help. The NO CONTACT order should also have prevented her from receiving rides from the defendant. Why has she not been charged with violating the order, if there was one in effect?
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