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Jefferson City man charged after allegedly breaking into apartment, threatened woman with knife


A Jefferson City man has been charged with nine felonies after he allegedly broke into an apartment and tried to threaten a woman with knife.

Hosea Gaines, 33, is charged with first-degree burglary, third-degree domestic assault, first-degree harassment, three counts of armed-criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree stalking and stealing.

A court date has not been set. He is not in custody. No bond is set.

The alleged victim stated she was in her apartment when Gaines, who is the father of her child, allegedly broke down the door and entered, according to a probable cause statement. The woman ran towards the back and was about to leave the apartment but was allegedly pulled back in by her hair by Gaines.

The woman claimed she was forced back to the living room with a knife to her neck and thought Gaines was going to kill her, according to the statement. She said Gaines tried to attack her because she has a new boyfriend. She then told police that Gaines followed her around the apartment for about an hour and was able to get away while Gaines was distracted.

Their 6-year-old child was there during the alleged incident. The woman was unable to bring the child with her, according to the statement. She claimed she knew Gaines would not hurt the child.

The woman also claims Gaines stole her phone. She ran to the Cole County Sheriff’s Office for safety. Deputies allegedly tried to contact Gaines, but weren’t successful, according to the statement. Gaines allegedly called the Jefferson City Police Department several times but did not show up to talk in person. He claimed the alleged incident was about the woman’s phone.

In another case from 2019, Gaines is charged with second-degree domestic assault, armed-criminal action and resisting arrest. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the Cole County Courthouse. A jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, May 1.

He also has charges for first-degree stalking and violation of an order of protection – second offense. A plea hearing is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.

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Ryan Shiner


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