Danville Express

Community Pulse - July 13, 2007

Danville man, 18, charged with battering ex-girlfriend

Police arrested an 18-year-old man last week on charges of battery for allegedly striking his ex-girlfriend multiple times, in a neighborhood east of I-680 in Danville, said Police Sgt. Troy Craig.

The suspect smacked his 17-year-old ex-girlfriend with a closed fist and knocked her to the ground at 2:30 a.m., Thursday, July 5, according to police reports. He also took her cell phone away and blocked the doorway so she could not get help.

Craig said she managed to calm down her ex-boyfriend and convinced him to let her leave and her father picked her up. She reported the incident to the police between 9:30 and 10 a.m.

"It was a cold incident once we received the information," Craig said.

The police contacted and arrested the suspect on charges of battery and took him to the Martinez Detention Facility. Craig said the victim told police he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident.

Craig noted the ex-couple has a history of problems.

"People are always hopeful in relationships like this that they can get back together again," he said. "But they have to listen to themselves and people who know the situations and stay away from them."

"It's only likely to get worse," he added.

-Jordan M. Doronila


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