SAFFORD — A man apparently validated his girlfriend's decision to sever their relationship by savagely beating her after doing so.
Luis A. Hernandez, 31, of Safford was arrested and booked into the Graham County Jail on March 16 regarding domestic violence charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
A Safford officer was dispatched to Hernandez's apartment in the 1900 block of S. 20th Avenue at about 12:30 a.m. regarding a domestic violence assault in progress.
Upon arrival, the officer was ushered toward a room by a relative of the suspect who told him, "Hurry, he's beating her up in the room."
The officer located Hernandez and the victim sitting on a bed; the woman was full of tears. When prompted to what had happened, Hernandez simply said, "Nothing," according to the officer's report.
The victim, however, reported she broke off their relationship earlier in the evening and had come over to a storage room used by Hernandez's relative to retrieve some of her personal items. Hernandez arrived and began attacking her. He allegedly dragged her out of the room by her hair while punching her in the face. The officer located a large clump of hair by the storage room, and the victim had a broken tooth she said was caused during the assault. She also suffered large bumps on her left eye and elbow, as well as scrape marks on her legs and knees.
A neighbor corroborated the victim's account and said he witnessed the assault. When he tried to intervene, Hernandez allegedly told him to, "Stay out of it," and the neighbor alerted authorities.
The officer then arrested Hernandez and transported him to the jail.