James Jay Jordanoff

James Jay Jordanoff IV, 34, of Ada, was arrested Monday evening after police said a woman he was with tried to signal a store clerk for help, alleging Jordanoff had raped and assaulted her and held her captive for days.

UPDATED: Sept. 12, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

An Ada man was held without bail in the Pontotoc County Justice Center Wednesday on allegations he raped and assaulted a woman he held captive for days.

James Jay Jordanoff IV, 34, of Ada, was arrested Monday evening after police said a woman he was with tried to signal a store clerk for help.

Ada Public Information Director Lisa Bratcher said police were summoned to the Dollar General Store on Main Street in Ada around 7:45 p.m. Monday by a clerk who reported Jordanoff had just left the store with a woman.

Bratcher said the clerk told police the woman whispered “help me,” before leaving the store.

“The clerk reported the woman was visibly shaken and distraught,” police said in a prepared statement.

Records indicate the woman returned to the store while police were actively searching the area for her and Jordanoff.

The woman told police she had been “kept by the man against her will for ... about a week,” during which, the woman said, “he physically beat her and sexually assaulted her multiple times in the previous days,” threatening her with a large knife and a gun, according to records provided by Ada Police and affidavits on file in District Court.

Police located Jordanoff at a garage apartment in an alleyway off of West 10th Street in Ada, where the woman said she was held. Records indicate when officers arrived, Jordanoff was inside the apartment yelling the woman’s name. After a brief foot pursuit, Jordanoff was taken into custody.

Affidavits on file in District Court indicate the woman suffered repeated and severe abuse while being held against her will. When police encountered the woman inside the Dollar General Store, officers reported "her face was very swollen on the right side and ... she had a black eye." Officers who encountered the woman described her as "very (distraught), shaken and obviously in shock from a traumatic event."

Court records indicate the incident began Sept. 4, when Jordanoff saw the woman walking near Rosedale Cemetery and asked her if she wanted a ride. Instead of taking the woman to her destination, records indicate Jordanoff drove the woman to his West 10th Street apartment and coerced her into going inside with him. Once inside, records indicate Jordanoff began abusing the woman, first verbally then physically.

The woman told police she was repeatedly raped, and that over the course of several days had come to believe "the sex became consensual because if she did not struggle then (Jordanoff) wouldn't be as rough and hurt her."

Records indicate the woman told police Jordanoff threatened to kill her several times, saying he couldn't trust her as he became increasingly paranoid.

Documents filed by District 22 District Attorney Paul Smith indicate Jordanoff has a prior history of violent behavior, with felony convictions in Cleveland and Oklahoma counties for domestic abuse, second-degree burglary, attempting to elude while endangering others, malicious injury to property and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Jordanoff is next scheduled to appear in District Court before Judge Steven Kessinger Oct. 11 for a preliminary hearing conference.

Contact Carl Lewis at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com


Carl Lewis is the editor of The Ada News. He's an aspiring photographer, an unabashed fan of Apple products and an avid coffee swiller. Contact Carl at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com.