A gay Atlanta man and adult film performer – on probation for beating and choking his boyfriend – was arrested for beating the man again just a year after the first attack left his victim unconscious.
Jared Louis Velazquez, 31, was arrested Nov. 25 after allegedly attacking Bobby Hamill in their Lenox Road duplex, according to court documents. Velazquez allegedly hit Hamill several times, threw him to the ground and threatened him with a knife during the altercation shortly after midnight, according to an Atlanta police arrest affidavit.
Velazquez – who has performed in gay sex films – apparently became enraged when he found Hamill watching porn on an iPad.
“[Hamill] stated he was watching porn on his iPad Pro when Mr. Velazquez asked him, 'Do you really need to do that?' Mr. Hamill added he then went to the restroom and heard a loud noise. He came out of the restroom and asked Mr. Velazquez what was the noise and they began arguing,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Hamill, co-owner of popular gay bar BJ Roosters, told police that Velazquez smashed the iPad. When Hamill tried to leave the residence, Velazquez grabbed his keys and prevented him from walking out. The altercation then intensified, according to court documents.
“Mr. Hamill advised while trying to leave his boyfriend snatched the keys from him and began pushing and choking him against the wall. He stated he was then slammed on the ground and was hit numerous times,” according to the arrest affidavit.
When Velazquez allegedly grabbed a knife, Hamill threw a glass bowl at him, according to court documents.
Police photographed the visible injuries and bruising on Hamill's neck and left arm. He refused to be treated by paramedics at the scene.
“[Hamill] did advise his back hurts but he will be fine soon,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Police arrested Velazquez and – similar to when he attacked Hamill in November 2015 – he blamed Hamill for the violence.
“Mr. Velazquez stated all of this happened because of Mr. Hamill’s drugs. He didn’t elaborate on the incident and only stated the injuries were self inflicted,” according to court documents.
Velazquez spent two days in the Fulton County Jail before being released on $5,000 bond. He faces a charge of battery family violence. Velazquez was ordered to have no contact with Hamill or his family members.
At the time of his arrest, Velazquez was serving a three-year probation sentence for assaulting Hamill in November 2015 and attacking a former boyfriend in a Midtown apartment in June 2014.
'He was unable to breathe and blacked out'
During a hearing in April 2016, Velazquez faced two felony charges – aggravated battery and aggravated assault – and a misdemeanor charge of battery family violence. Velazquez could have been sentenced up to 20 years in prison for each felony and 12 months for the misdemeanor, but a negotiated plea merged the two felony counts into one, according to court documents.
Fulton prosecutors recommended a three-year sentence served on probation for the felony assault charge. The conditions of the plea also ordered Velazquez to complete a Family Violence Intervention program and “have no violent contact with the victim in this case.” Prosecutors also recommended a three-year probation sentence served concurrently for the battery charge.
The felony charges stem from Velazquez's arrest in November 2015 when he assaulted and choked Hamill during an argument. Velazquez jumped on Hamill, pushed him to the ground and attempted to strangle him, according to an Atlanta police incident report.
“Mr. Hamill stated that he was unable to breathe and blacked out while the suspect continued to strike him with his fists and bite him. Mr. Hamill stated that he regained consciousness when he began screaming for help,” according to an incident report.
The misdemeanor battery charge that Velazquez faced came from a late-night altercation in June 2014 with his then-current boyfriend.
The victim told police that when he confronted Velazquez with accusations that he was cheating on him with another man and asked him to leave, Velazquez attacked him.
“[The victim] stated that he had been struck in the head (and headbutted) by his boyfriend/suspect,” according to an incident report.
Velazquez then hit the victim twice in the forehead and eye before fleeing the apartment, police said. The victim needed stitches and was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital.
Besides his three arrests in Atlanta for domestic violence, Velazquez was arrested three times in less than a year on domestic violence charges in Jacksonville, Fla., where he once lived. Those charges were later dropped and the cases closed.
'He could be sentenced up to 20 years'
In April, when Velazquez pleaded guilty to the domestic violence charges in Atlanta, Fulton Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher made it clear that if he violated the conditions of his first offender status, Velazquez could be sent to prison.
“I did tell him that if he does not finish this first offender, he could have a week left and be brought back in front of your honor and be sentenced up to 20 years plus the 12 months,” Velazquez's attorney, Renee Rockwell, told Brasher during the hearing.
“Judge, I think he’s a good candidate. He’s working. He’s going to school. He’s got his life ahead of him, so I ask that you accept it and I think he understands the risk that he’s taking with the first offender,” Rockwell added.
Brasher agreed and sentenced Velazquez to three years on probation on the merged felony charge, with the condition “you have no violent contact with the victim in the case.” Velazquez also received 12 months probation, to run at the same time, on the misdemeanor charge.
During the April court hearing, Rockwell said Velazquez is a personal trainer and bartender studying to become a hairdresser. Velazquez also served four years in the military, according to a court transcript.
Velazquez has performed as Tyce Jax in gay sex films for Raging Stallion and Next Door Ebony. His most recent scene (NSFW) for Raging Stallion was released in December 2015 while Velazquez was in jail for the first attack on Hamill.
[Velazquez mugshots from arrests in 2016, 2015 and 2014 courtesy Fulton County Sheriff's Office]