ANNAPOLIS — A temporary protective order issued against a state delegate from Baltimore County appears to be the result of an alleged physical altercation with his 18-year-old daughter over her boyfriend.
Del. Hasan M. “Jay” Jalisi, D-Baltimore County, was at the family home on Feb. 21 in the 11600 block of Greenspring Avenue when allegedly got into an argument with his daughter, a student at Johns Hopkins University, over her boyfriend, according to a Baltimore County Police report obtained by The Daily Record.
Hasan Jalisi told police that he lives in a home in the 11000 block of Reisterstown Road but stays at the home on Greenspring Avenue, near Caves Valley Country Club, on weekends.
Officers responded to the home shortly after 9 p.m. after being called by a friend of the daughter who said she had received a text message “stating she was assaulted by her father,” according to the report.
The delegate’s daughter told police that she and her father argued and he attempted to wrest a laptop computer from her. It was during that struggle that the delegate fell backward. The daughter told police that her father “slapped her in the face,” according to the report.
Hasan Jalisi acknowledged to police that he and his daughter had argued and told police she had become “very disrespectful” and that he did not approve of her boyfriend, according to the report. The delegate alleges that his daughter pushed him to the ground and he denied slapping her in the face, according to the report.
Jalisi’s 13-year-old son and his wife, Azra Jalisi, told police they intervened in the argument.
The son told police that he did not see his father fall. The son told police that he did not witness his father strike his sister but did see him raise his hand to her as if prepared to strike.
Azra Jalisi said she was at the top of the stairs when she saw her husband slap her daughter. The daughter then ran into a bedroom and locked the door, according to a statement contained in the police report.
Charges were not filed in the incident.
Elise Armacost, a Baltimore County Police Department spokeswoman, said officers who do not witness an assault or see visible marks from an incident cannot file charges. In such cases, victims are provided information on how to apply for criminal charges and a protective order through a court commissioner.
A hearing on the temporary protection order is scheduled in District Court at 9 a.m. in Towson. The order requires Hasan Jalisi to avoid contact with an unnamed victim and to stay away from an unspecified home and school.
Hasan Jalisi, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, is the cosponsor on three bills related to domestic violence and domestic violence protection orders. He was not available for interviews and did not attend the Friday afternoon committee hearing on those bills.
When approached before a committee hearing Thursday, the delegate said he had no knowledge of the civil protection order and the scheduled March 2 hearing.
“I have no idea,” Jalisi said while walking quickly past a reporter and entering a committee room.
A spokeswoman for House Speaker Michael E. Busch declined to comment.
Jalisi won the Democratic primary last year and later faced questions about his residency. A Republican political opponent filed complaints with both the Board of Elections and in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court claiming that Jalisi did not live in an Owings Mills home in the 11000 block of Reisterstown Road. Instead, the opponent claimed, Jalisi continued to reside in a home with his wife in a neighboring district in the Lutherville-Timonium area.
In an October interview, Jalisi said he and his wife were in a trial separation and that he was not living in the home near Caves Valley Country Club.
Jalisi said the separation was informal. Court records do not show that the delegate or his wife have formally filed a legal separation or for divorce. His online House of Delegates profile lists him as married.
Jalisi said in October that he hoped to reconcile with his wife even though doing so could potentially impact his elected office if he moved back into the Lutherville-Timonium area home.