The Jeffersonville man arrested Thursday on suspicion of raping and strangling a female companion is now facing additional charges for an unrelated check fraud case, police say.

Gerald W. Holland, 39, of Barber Court, was arrested Thursday and is being held in the Michael L. Becher Adult Corrections Complex on suspicion of rape, strangulation, criminal confinement, and domestic battery, said Jeffersonville Police Detective Charles Thompson. On Friday, authorities prepared an affidavit against Holland alleging he committed six counts of felony theft, Thompson said.

That new case alleges Holland opened a checking account at Your Community Bank this month and deposited six stolen checks from a closed account, Thompson said. Thompson and other detectives positively identified Holland as the man who deposited the checks through reviewing video surveillance at the bank Friday, Thompson said. Holland purportedly netted $2,000 from the crimes.

JPD officers are also asking the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office to swear out a habitual offender enhancement against him, due to a history of convictions in both Louisville and Clark County, Thompson said. Thompson also said Holland has been in the Jeffersonville police blotter 48 times since age 18. Due to Good Friday, court representatives were unavailable to help research Holland’s specific convictions.

Holland’s latest arrest stemmed from an alleged incident that happened early Thursday with him and a 30-year-old female companion. He was socializing with the woman, who he had a dating relationship with, and became angry and attacked and raped her, Thompson said.

The woman is still hospitalized at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services from injuries from both the rape and strangulation, Thompson said.

“We are definitely going to pursue investigating these cases aggressively,” Thompson said. “We believe he [Holland] is a very serious danger to the community.”

If prosecutors charge Holland, he will likely have an initial hearing in one of Clark County’s courts next week.

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