Stokes files criminal complaint against woman in alleged assault

THE BALTIMORE SUN

The allegation that Dontee D. Stokes assaulted his ex-fiancee this week in front of a Baltimore barbershop quickly turned into a duel of accusations when Stokes filed a criminal complaint against the woman, who is the mother of his 3-year-old daughter.

Stokes, who avoided prison last year after being convicted in connection with shooting a priest, alleged in a court document filed Wednesday night that Tiffani Taft scratched and grabbed him, ripping his shirt.

Stokes, 27, said Taft was acting out of jealousy after seeing him with another woman.

"We're separating from each other and she's being vindictive," Stokes said yesterday.

Taft, 23, could not be reached for comment yesterday. Both are charged with second-degree assault, a crime that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

Stokes filed the criminal complaint after learning that Taft told police he had hit her in the face, then forced her "several times" into a brick wall this week. Taft was granted a temporary protective order against Stokes.

The incident occurred about 7 p.m. Tuesday at a West Baltimore hair salon where Stokes works as a barber.

A District Court judge is scheduled to rule on the temporary order at 1:15 p.m. today. Stokes then faces a hearing in Circuit Court, where Judge John N. Prevas will decide on the status of his home detention.

Stokes is serving an 18-month sentence at home after being convicted in December of handgun charges in connection with shooting and wounding his former priest, the Rev. Maurice J. Blackwell.

Stokes was acquitted of attempted murder and other serious charges after telling a jury he was raped by Blackwell as a teen-ager.

Prevas sentenced him in February to three years in prison and suspended all but 18 months of house arrest.

Prevas said Stokes could lose his home detention, meaning he would serve the rest of his sentence - which ends in November - in jail.

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