A man was given 30 days in jail after he tried to hold a woman captive inside his motel room until she bit his pinky finger and grabbed his private area in an attempt to get away.
The man, Gregory Lynn Morris, 40, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of false imprisonment and domestic assault. He was ordered to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $321 and undergo batterer intervention.
Morris was arrested when police arrived to investigate screaming coming from one of the rooms at Scottish Inns.
“Before reaching the door, I could hear screaming coming from inside the room,” said McMinnville policeman Matthew Stubblefield. “Upon knocking on the door, the door opened and a woman ran into the parking lot.”
According to the victim, Morris had accused her of stealing $20 from his nightstand, money she said he had given to her. She said Morris then pulled her hair and pushed her up against a wall before putting his hands over her mouth and nose so she couldn’t breathe.
Once he let go of his grip, he warned her not to scream and then put his fingers in her mouth to silence her.
“He stated she couldn’t leave the premises and put his fingers inside her mouth to keep her from screaming,” Stubblefield said. “She bit his pinky finger and grabbed his testicles.”
The woman said Morris bit her thumb in retaliation and the couple kept up the fight until police arrived at the door. Morris reportedly told police he had prevented the victim from leaving the room. Police found blood on the bed and a pillow case.