Police: Man facing new charges after continuing to harass woman from jail

Published: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 at 12:21 p.m.

A Gainesville man who has been arrested numerous times and is under an active restraining order for harassing a woman has had additional charges added to the pile because he continued to call her from jail and even had another inmate call and threaten her, police say.

James Cochran Jr., 26, of 4021 NE First Drive, Apt. 305, has been in the Alachua County jail since June 30, when he was arrested on charges of burglary of an occupied dwelling, simple assault and battery involving the woman. At the time of his arrest, he was served with a restraining order preventing him from contacting the woman.

On July 2, he was charged with violating the order after making several calls to the woman from jail, the Gainesville Police Department reported. On July 11, an additional charge of aggravated stalking was added for continued harassment that left the victim scared “he will try to kill me,” police said.

The next day, police allege, Cochran asked a fellow inmate, Cachet X. Alexander, 24, to call the woman on his behalf. In a recorded call, Alexander called the woman and told her he was calling for “James” and said, “James wants you to drop the charges,” police reported.

On July 26 at 3:17 p.m. and 3:29 p.m., Alexander again called the woman, police reported, and was recorded saying, “James is saying he will bust your windows out if you don't drop the charges.”

Cochran's bail, as of Friday afternoon, stood at $520,000 after the additional charges of tampering with a victim or witness and violation of a domestic violence injunction.

Alexander has been in jail without bond since Sept. 14, 2012, on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior involving a child age 12-16, criminal mischief or property damage and battery by a jail inmate.

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