Bogart man previously arrested in stink spray incident indicted for assault

Blake Leland Zengo

An Oconee County man who last year pleaded guilty to using a foul-smelling spray to stink up a bar downtown was recently indicted by a Clarke County grand jury on charges stemming from an alleged assault two months ago in which police said he viciously beat a young woman and sexually violated her.

 

The alleged August assault involved Blake Leland Zengo, 21, reportedly hitting the victim with a baseball bat and then sexually assaulting her, according to the indictment filed Oct. 3 in Clarke County Superior Court. The indictment charged Zengo with aggravated assault and aggravated sexual battery.

The spray incident occurred in April 2016 at the Whiskey Bent bar, where he sprayed a woman in the face with noxious liquid so offensive other patrons of the bar left, according to police.

Police arrested Zengo for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and underage consumption of alcohol.

Five months later, a negotiated agreement was reached in Athens-Clarke County State Court in which Zengo pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation. The judge additionally ordered Zengo to perform 100 hours of community service, pay $655 in fines and court fees, and obtain substance-abuse treatment, and commit no other crimes.

Zengo, however, was only able to go slightly more than a year before he was arrested for allegedly committing serious felony offenses.

According to Athens-Clarke County police and the recent grand jury indictment, early the morning of Aug. 22, Zengo went to the home of a young woman who had previously obtained a temporary protective order against Zengo.

The indictment charged Zengo with aggravated assault and aggravated sexual battery.

The victim’s mother called 911 when she saw what Zengo was doing to her daughter.

The woman told police she heard her daughter begging Zengo to leave, but he refused and she saw the suspect “go crazy” by getting on top of the victim and repeatedly punching her in the head and face, according to police.

Police said when they arrived at the home, Zengo had already driven away. The victim’s face was extremely swollen from being punched, according to police. The initial police report made no mention of a bat being used as a weapon against the victim.

The victim told police Zengo sexually assaulted her while he beat her. She said the assault began after she asked Zengo to leave her home, according to police.

Zengo, a resident of Brighton Lane in Bogart, was located and arrested by the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies then handed him over to Athens-Clarke County police.

Zengo has been detained at the Clarke County Jail since the day of the assault and he was denied bail during a Sept. 7 bond hearing.

Anyone who is in an abusive relationship can seek advice and services by calling Project Safe’s 24-hour hotline at (706) 543-3331, or by visiting http://www.project-safe.org.

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