A 24-year-old man who has been in and out of East Hampton Town Justice Court and is now in the county jail may stay there for some time.
Justice Catherine Cahill set bail for Jose B. Maria-Jimenez of East Hampton, also known as Jose Maria, at $15,000 on Feb. 13, after what was at least his fourth arrest in the past 11 months.
He was arrested last April after the mother of his two children called police, saying he had choked and struck her. Police reported at the time that she had redness on her throat and pain in her stomach.
On Sept. 11, Mr. Maria-Jimenez was charged with driving while intoxicated after a one-car crash. The charge was raised to aggravated D.W.I. after his blood-alcohol level registered over twice the legal limit, exceeding the level at which the law considers someone to be extremely intoxicated. That charge may be prosecuted as a felony, as Mr. Maria-Jimenez has already been convicted of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
He was arrested again on Jan. 17 of this year for violating a court-mandated order of protection issued to the woman he allegedly attacked last April.
His latest arrest came last week after a 15-year-old girl told police that Mr. Maria-Jimenez had punched her sister, Charibel Victorino, 19, in the face. An officer reported that the young woman had noticeable facial cuts and swelling.
After the most recent arrest, Mr. Maria-Jimenez was charged with a class A misdemeanor, endangering the welfare of a minor, as well as second-degree harassment. He awaits his next appearance in Town Justice Court, on March 7, in county jail in Riverside.