, Salem, MA

September 27, 2013

Man indicted in disfigurement, assaults on ex


---- — PEABODY — A Lynn man charged with repeatedly beating his girlfriend and carving a large red “X” into her back during a two-week period this summer has been indicted.

Jeffrey Alexander, 29, was arrested a short distance from his now-former girlfriend’s Peabody home in the early-morning hours of Aug. 1, after the last in a string of domestic disputes in Lynn and Peabody.

On that night, police say, Alexander attacked two family members of the girlfriend, first, a brother who told younger children in the house to tell someone if they saw Alexander abusing anyone.

Then, the mother of the girlfriend tried to intervene and was grabbed by the throat.

When police arrived, they found the girlfriend, holding a small child, outside the Central Street apartment, calling for help.

Alexander initially locked himself in a second-floor bedroom, then climbed out a second-floor window and ran, police said. He was tackled by police on Pulaski Street and arrested.

The girlfriend told police that Alexander had been beating her, including hitting her with a baseball bat to her legs and a bottle to her head; biting her, and carving an “X” on her back so no one else would want to date her. That alleged intentional disfigurement led to a charge of mayhem.

Alexander is also charged in the indictments with four counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The woman was hospitalized as a result of the injuries.

Alexander has been held without bail since his arrest, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office confirmed yesterday.

The indictments, handed up on Wednesday afternoon by an Essex County grand jury, move the case from Peabody District Court to Salem Superior Court, where an arraignment date has not yet been set.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.