YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A businessman from the North Jackson area with a long history of domestic violence is being held without bond after his latest run-in with the law.
Prosecutors on Thursday showed the case file against Larry Macovitz, 38, just for this year. They said he’s been arrested five times since February on domestic violence and other charges for repeatedly attacking his wife.
His first domestic violence charge was in 2006.
He was picked up Wednesday by the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force and Jackson Township Police on warrants stemming from an incident a month ago on South Lipkey Road. At the time of the Aug. 23 incident, he was out on bond after entering a guilty plea a week earlier for a May incident that put his wife in the hospital.
“She’s telling them what happened to her. She has a concussion. She’s suffering seizures. She’s scared. She talks about a long history of abuse to all the nurses and doctors there,” said Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Dawn Cantalamessa.
Prosecutors said two weeks after his guilty plea in court, and while he was out on bond, Macovitz allegedly attacked his wife again, assaulting her and smashing her cell phone. They said she flagged down a passing motorist to call for help.
He’s now facing six new charges, including domestic violence, felonious assault and kidnapping. He’s due in court again Monday morning.
Prosecutors said despite the long history of problems, Macovitz’ wife often recanted her claims, fearing that if her husband, who is a plumbing contractor, went to prison, she and her children would lose their livelihood. She even failed to show up for a court hearing earlier this month.
“She’s tied to the money he brings in and that’s how the family’s supported, so she’s worried about money. And there’s tons of this kind of domestic violence where that’s what their biggest worry is,” Cantalamessa said.
With so many of these types of cases occurring, some people question why many victims of continuing domestic violence are so reluctant to report their abusers and then get away from them. Victim advocates with the Sojourner House in Youngstown said victims are often scared their abuser will retaliate for being arrested and the victims worry they can’t trust the justice system to keep them safe.
“When there’s been multiple charges of domestic violence, often the charge will be reduced to a lower charge, so he’s not being held accountable for the actual violence. So she lives with that and he’s back in the picture after he serves minimal time,” said Eileen Larson of the Sojourner House.
Larson said advocates often try to put together safety plans with the victims to get them away from their attackers, as well as show them how to protect themselves against future attacks.