A 36-year-old Moline man charged with felony stalking after police allege he threatened to kill his victim by injecting her with drain cleaner and cut the heads off her children, entered a plea of not guilty Friday during an arraignment in Scott County District Court.

In addition to the stalking charge, Jeffrey A. Graves, whose last known address is 4105 22nd Ave., Moline, is also facing charges of first-degree harassment, domestic abuse and two counts of violating a no contact order in connection with the stalking charge.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Davenport Police Detective Janet Martin, police met the victim at the police station on May 23. She wanted to talk with police about a domestic disturbance that originated in Illinois on May 22 and ended the next day.

According to the affidavit, the victim told Martin that Graves held her against her will in Illinois and repeatedly assaulted her.

On May 23, Graves is alleged to have driven 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 May 23 on the first-degree harassment and domestic assault charges and was taken to the Scott County Jail. A no contact order was served to him at the jail, according to the affidavit.

Martin’s affidavit alleges that Graves has called the victim about 65 times while he has been in jail awaiting trial. For some of these calls, he allegedly used another inmate’s phone card so that he could hide his identity. He also wrote two letters addressed to the victim’s son. On one of those letters, he used another inmate’s identity to hide his own identity.

Graves was being held Friday night in the Scott County Jail on cash only bonds totaling $8,000, and a surety bond of $30,000.

Under Iowa law, stalking-violation of a protective order is a Class D felony that carries a prison sentence of up to five years. First-degree harassment is an aggravated misdemeanor that carries a prison sentence of up to two years. Domestic abuse and violation of no contact orders each carry a jail sentence of up to 30 days.

Police in both the Iowa and Illinois Quad-Cities said Friday that they are acquainted with Graves as his criminal record is lengthy.

According to both Scott County and Rock Island County electronic court records, Graves has convictions for theft, assault, domestic abuse, assault on a peace officer and drunken driving.

In 2008, Graves pleaded guilty to a Class C felony charge of prohibited acts as the Iowa code applies to prescription drugs and their distribution. He was placed on probation for three years. He violated his probation in 2009 and was ordered to spend 120 days in the Scott County Jail and complete the in-house drug treatment program. A Class C felony carries a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Graves also is wanted in Rock Island County on charges of unlawful restraint-domestic abuse and unlawful possession of steroids. Both of those charges are Class 4 felonies under Illinois law, each of which carries a prison sentence of one to three years.

(48) comments

river walker

Jeff, has been terrorizing single mothers and their families for little over a decade with threats and physical abuse if he had been a minority he'd be in prison along time ago... I know first hand of what and who he is it took my cousin years too get away from this loser

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river walker

Racists:() Really:() lmfao only on sundays!!! Jeff is a felon and woman beater the worst kind of man out there!!! I have seen his wrap sheet on more than one occasion......... it only takes a few minutes and a few dollars too see his stellar record on-line

cd1001

So, what felonies has he been convicted of? The criminal history in this story contains simple misdemeanors.

river walker

Please read the 2nd too last paragraph. I clearly states he was charged with a felony 2008.


twiggy
twiggy

I hope he goes away for a long, long time. I also hope the victim is doing ok. I can only imagine what she is going through. Hopefully he will be convicted of the felony, and it won't be pled down. From his record in IA and IL, it seems he is a thief and a person who believe he can beat up anyone he feels like beating up!

river walker

Let's pray he gets a judge that wants too teach him a lesson and he gets the maximum!!!

twiggy
twiggy

amen!

Rainy days

So he's done this kind of thing before?

river walker

Yes, He was married too my cousin for a few years and it was bad for her and all that were involved. Jeff, has a pattern of sick behavior, barricading my cousin in their apartment with her two small children at the time and god knows what else was done emotionaly and mental too them as well as her. If you dig a little further and get his criminal back round it's all there in black and white.

Rainy days

Was his marriage in IA or another state? If you don't mind me asking? Sounds like he has had these issues for years.

Rainy days

Is your cousin from Bettendorf and has a pretty big family from there? I have a friend who knows her of its the same person, she told me some horrible stories that he did to her if its the same person.

pleasetellthetruth

@river walker
You might want to consider your family members', feelings before posting her business for the world to see. The last thing a victim of this type of horrible experience is to relive it again. It is not your story to tell.

Rainy days

@pleasetellthetruth
Maybe the past victim can help the current victim build a bigger case to put this animal away for a long time so there's not more victims down the road. Ever think of that? It's not like you know the victim river walker is talking about. People need to get this story out and know who this animal is.

pleasetellthetruth

@rainydays
Ok, the reason for my prior post, is due to the past victims' reaction to RiverWalkers' comments. Again it's the past victim's story, not anyone else's FYI, she has already taken him to court and filed countless police reports. Jeff is finally exposed, for the man we have all seen and dealt with for so long. My main point is again, it's her business what her past was with him, not a public forums'.

Rainy days

@pleasetellthetruth
Yes Jeff is exposed but that doesn't keep him locked up, it seems he always gets out of trouble. If she can help keep that animal away longer its best for this world. You talk like you know these people personally.

river walker

Not sure where they got married i know it was at the court house and everyone objected, but they did live in IL and IA. At first he seemed like a normal guy then the drinking, lies ,drugs and stealing etc etc.......

Rainy days

I heard he was married before, would this be your cousin?

Klaatu
Klaatu

He's probably going bye-bye and when he gets out he will come looking for her again. She will live in terror of that day, for good reason.

Family man

Two babies and quiet 915, I was not calling her a liar or trying to cut her down in any way. I was simply giving a possible scenario with the limited information gathered from this article. If this man has truly done what you say he did from eyewitness reports then let's pray he is taken off the streets and never brings harm to this woman and her children.
In my original posting notice that I said that I did not know and before anyone lets emotions rule their comments hear me out. I thought I was, and I was at the time, dealing with people that know nothing about these people other than what the article stated. Thank you for your first hand report, it sheds a little more light on the situation. If you read the comments section of the electronic version of this paper very often you will see that people are quick to condemn others without all the information.

Twobabies52722

I am VERY close to the victim in this case and this article doesn't expose even HALF of what she endured in those 18 hours, nor is the article completely accurate in sequence of events. You'd be physically sickened had the article reported the full extent of the horrors she faced. She came very close to death more than once in that time frame. As for her not calling the police while he was outside her workplace, the whole front is glass and he watched her the whole time she was with clients. She had no way to safely escape. She did what she had to do to keep him pacified until she could safely get ahold of the authorities. If not for her quick thinking, she WOULD be dead right now. Anybody that is familiar with this sociopathic monster knows this. It infuriates me that some of the comments below suggest that she was somehow at fault or that she could have escaped from him sooner. She couldn't. He never let her out of his sight. I am fully aware of the details of this sickening ordeal and am amazed by the victim's mental strength, after everything she endured, to outwit and eventually escape Jeff's captivity. For her safety, I pray that he is punished to the fullest extent of the law and that in time, she can completely heal from this. Please show some compassion. This could have been any of our mothers, sisters or daughters.

twiggy
twiggy

She is a SURVIVOR! Thank God! She deserves our compassion and help to get through this. Sounds like she has many, many people who care for her. I too hope he goes away for a LONG time.

quiet915

Family man, I personally know the victim and she was at the police department and was unaware until I called her and my aunt that he was sitting outside. Scary cause this man sent messages via text from her phone to me and put his name at the end. I was baffled cause she told me he isn't stable and will hurt someone the previous weekend that just past cause I looked over her house. So before you start to assume that it could be bull , stop and think he has called her from jail Over 30x in one day, and that strictly violates the order of protection.!!!!

Opinion5

This is the first time that I have commented on this site..I know the young lady and she had been held hostage and beaten for 12 hours. She was sleep deprived and horrified. She was looking for help but was paralyzed in fear. I pray for her safety. Please be sensitive to this situation . She is someone's daughter, sister and mother! The details will come out.

twiggy
twiggy

You are 100% correct, and I apologize if I have made some remark which in any way upset her. She deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. I hope she is OK.

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cd1001

Twiggy doesn't have "superior intellect." She worked in a prosecutor's office as staff (staff means non-lawyers like secretaries, receptionists, victim assistants, etc.) and likes to pretend she knows and understands the law as if she spent years in law school. Once in a while she's right, often she's wrong, always she talks down to people. It makes her feel better.

Family man

Twiggy, I forgot to mention that in spite of all your blessings you are still quite humble.

Family man

Now, without the sarcasm, you don't think the newspaper should have more facts? So all they know is that this woman accused this man of these crimes and that makes it ok to put up his picture and humiliate him. What if he is innocent? They have already condemned him. According to the article all they have is this unknown woman accusing him of these crimes, correct? So if that's all the newspaper knows about this case, perhaps they should have protected his identity as well until proven guilty. They protected her identity, from who? He obviously knows who she is.

twiggy
twiggy

I'm sorry you don't seem to understand.....much. Let me explain in simple terms. Freedom of the press. The QCT has the right to print what they want to print, as long as it is the truth. They did so. They could have printed the victim's name had they wanted to. If you have a problem with that, talk to the QCT. He IS innocent, until proven guilty. That's how the system works. Who is this "they" that has already condemned him? As I stated before, the paper does not have any access to police reports. They usually get their information from "incident reports". YUP, they did protect her identity, .......possibly from folks like you?

Aren't you the genius who also called me an "old bat" the other day, because you were bested? It must be difficult being you, so full of opinions, so little knowledge on which to base those opinions. But it is nice that you recognize someone with a sharp wit, intelligence and vast intellect. Though you have not met me, you would be astounded by my incredible good looks as well! :-)

cd1001

It also depends on what kind of assault it is. If it's a sexual assault, there are mechanisms to protect her identity.

Every arrest is public record. The government is not allowed to make arrests like this in secret, as that would be a bad thing for the person arrested. It would be like Guantanamo Bay type sweeps happening to normal (non-terrorist) people in Davenport, Iowa. We really don't want that.

twiggy
twiggy

Newspapers could, if they wanted, also print the names of sexual assault victims. For the most part, they choose not to. I'm not sure what you mean by "mechanism", unless you mean policy of the newspaper. That is so, look it up. OH, cd, if I am wrong so often please feel free to point out my errors. You write that all the time, but have never shown my errors. You might consider the possibility I am retired from a newspaper, and worked on the crime beat. The information I posted is true and correct. You don't like the way I present it? Don't care.

cd1001

I have pined out your errors many, many, many times in these threads, Twiggy. Go back and read through them if you don't remember.

You're not a retired newspaper reporter. It's no less dishonest because you say, "Gee, maybe I am..." rather than "I am..." If you were a crime reporter (which you were NOT), it would hardly make you an expert on the law. You have an odd, ignorant view of local reporters.

You're not wrong about newspapers printing the available information about arrests. Your little First Amendment analysis just doesn't really go to the heart of the issue, that's all. There is nothing wrong with having an analysis that's more on a common level than on a brilliant level -- it's just that you shouldn't be such a witch toward someone who has just tossed out an honest question, as if he's stupid and you're being brilliant. You're not being brilliant. At all.

cd1001

You can talk to people like a total witch for no reason other than to make yourself feel big. And others can point out that you're being a witch. You can pretend you're brilliant. And others can point out that you're not brilliant. You can indirectly suggest you have some experience and/or education that you don't really have. And others can point out that you don't.

That little comment was one of your weirdest. "You might consider the possibility that I am retired from a newspaper, and worked on the crime beat." Wow. I guess I might suggest that you should consider the possibility that I am the Attorney General of the United States. *rolling eyes*

twiggy
twiggy

honey, get over yourself, move on for goodness sake. I am not brilliant. I have never said I was! Other than sarcastically to family guy. I'm sorry if I offend you by posting my opinions, but I won't stop because you are offended. I don't recall you have corrected any of my errors. I do recall you going ballistic over some of my opinions which you disagree with. I was trying to make the point, which you must have missed, that what I did before was none of your business. If it makes you feel smarter to try and guess, go for it. But so far you haven't even come close to the ball park. I don't give a darn what you do/did. For some unimaginable reason you seem to think only someone who has worked in the law knows anything about the law. Or who worked in journalism knows about journalism. I didn't work for the State Department, but I have opinions of international affairs as well. Lots of people know lots of things. There you go, just like family guy. You haven't got an intelligent retort, so you insult. I am not a witch. It is not nice to call people names. Neither old bat, witch or idiot. Insults is what uneducated people resort to in the absence of intelligence
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cd1001

There's nothing to "retort" about, twigs. Like I said, your analysis wasn't wrong, it was just simplistic and didn't get to the heart of the issue Family man asked about. Your opinions don't offend me at all; I think we are fairly well aligned in political and social opinions. I always hope that people who have quality opinions don't ruin them with incorrect facts like you did in the grand jury thread, and don't turn people away from quality opinions by being a witch to people who ask an honest question like you did in this thread.

The point is not that people shouldn't comment unless they're experts. It is that you pretend to be an expert when you are not, and you try to make Family Man feel like he's not very smart when you're ... not very smart. You probably won't ever grasp that because.... you're not very smart.

I'm still a little curious as to why you would suggest that maybe you were a crime beat reporter. That's REALLY weird, honey. I mean, really, really weird.

twiggy
twiggy

Oh, yeah, the grand jury thread. that was the one in which you stated the grand jury met 2 or 3 times in the last twenty years, right?

cd1001

No, dear, go back and look if your can't remember. I said a grand jury meets each year in Scott County to investigate the jail, as they are supposed to. I said it's been used 2-3 times in the last 20 years in Scott County to decide whether to charge a crime, and that the other several thousand crimes each year are charged by trial information.
And you said that generally whenever there is a death, the Scott County Attorney ask a grand jury to decide whether to file a criminal charge. Hah! But, noooooo, you're never wrong, you're just funny and blunt. Bahahaha!

cd1001

And, I'm still wondering. Why did you suggest perhaps you were a retired newspaper reporter?

twiggy
twiggy

This is getting silly. And is definitely pointless. By, till we meet again........

cd1001

Haha, yeah, maybe you can come back and just say, "You know, I forgot that I told the truth before, so I thought I might be able to look smarter by suggesting a lie now." And then you can say, "You know, I keep suggesting that you were wrong about grand juries, but I really never had a clue about how Scott County generally charges people. I was actually pretending to know more than I did, not realizing that there might be someone out there who knew I was wrong. I should stop doing that."

But, I doubt it. That would take honesty and a bit of character.

I'm done with you here. You've done a better job than I ever could of showing who and what you are.

Family man

I understand that, but it does not say the children were with them when they went to physical therapy or at her work. I have never been in that kind of situation so it is hard for me to say what one would do or what would go through your mind. Again, not saying he is innocent, and if he is guilty may his punishment be swift and severe but there are not enough facts in this article.

twiggy
twiggy

This is a newspaper article. It does NOT contain all the information used to make a decision to charge. So, you don't understand all the facts of what happened? Why do you think you need to? The newspaper gives a summary, and (surprise, surprise) does NOT have access to everything that happened. Police reports are NOT public property. If you want to know the exact facts, go read the charging document, then go to the trial. It's fine to have questions. But I am willing to rely on the experience and knowledge of the police and county attorney in a situation like this. Not on a newspaper article.

cd1001

Yeah, no one really knows how they might react in a situation like this. Some might immediately fight and / or run, some might feel completely powerless and so frightened that she would do whatever he told her to do, some might never ever tell anyone it happened.

Some people who are kidnapped, abused, beaten, etc., and believe if they told anyone the kidnapper would eventually kill their families as they have threatened. You hear about people all the time who live for years in captivity even though they are allowed to go to the store or school, talk to neighbors, etc.

Who knows?

Family man

A couple things to think about, if she was at work why did she not call the police to tell them he had held her hostage and was waiting for her outside? Why did she not tell people at physical therapy that she was a hostage and the police could have picked him up there so she could leave on her own? She went to the police station after all of this and filed complaint if I am reading the article correctly. It does not say there is any proof that he threatened to kill her. Now before some of you fly off the handle and let you emotions give response, I am not saying he did not do these things to her, I don't know if he did or not . If he did then he most certainly deserves punishment, but there are cases where break ups go bad and one party does everything in their power to hurt the other party, including making up stories to have them thrown in jail. I am in no way saying absolutely that this is the case here, but a lot of the comments seem to convict this man without knowing the whole story.

cd1001

He was threatening to kill her children. He knew that a mother would put or keep herself in danger rather than take a chance of making him angry if he's threatening to kill her kids.

just curious

Let's hope that when/if he IS convicted they will not let him serve the sentences concurrently. Keep him in prison for as long as possible as he is obviously a problem to himself and others. Of course prison will not cure his problems, but it will serve to protect the citizens.

cd1001

Take a good look at that picture, ladies. This is what a total loser looks like. This is what you want to avoid in life.

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