A Hot Springs man was arrested late Monday after allegedly striking his girlfriend multiple times while intoxicated.
Alexander Deshaun Nero, 24, who lists a Don Noble Trail address, was taken into custody shortly after 10:30 p.m. and charged with third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. He remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of zero bond and is set to appear in Garland County District Court Jan. 24.
According to the affidavit, Hot Springs police responded at around 9 p.m. to a domestic battery report at National Park Medical Center and made contact with the alleged victim, who said she was attacked by Nero, her boyfriend.
She said Nero began drinking around 3 p.m. while they were at his sister's house, became intoxicated, and began to beat her at around 8:30 p.m.
She said he grabbed her by the hair and punched the back of her head and her face, injuring her arms as she tried to block the punches. She said she managed to get away from Nero at one point and run out of the residence and had partially made her way down the apartment's stairwell when Nero "grabbed her hair and pulled her back in" and continued to beat her.
She said Nero's sister and a fourth person tried to talk him into stopping, but Nero turned toward them, so she told them to go to their rooms.
When they entered their rooms, Nero allegedly began to beat her again. She said he punched her in the face, threatened to kill her if she didn't stop yelling and bit her ear.
She said Nero beat her off and on for an hour, then she eventually talked him into letting her use his phone to call her sister to take her to the hospital. She said Nero had broken her phone while beating her.
Officers observed recent bruising to the victim's arms and face, swelling on her face, dried blood on her lip, multiple wounds on her head and cuts consistent with bite marks on her ear.
The victim said she and Nero had been together for about five months and he had beaten her about two to three times per week during that time.
Nero allegedly did not cooperate with police when they made contact with him, but was placed in custody after being positively identified.
• A Hot Springs man was arrested on a warrant late Monday for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at her home earlier this year.
Robert Xavier Moss, 20, who lists a Clairmont Street address, was placed in custody just before 11 p.m. and charged with third-degree domestic battery, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. He was later released on $1,000 bond and is set to appear Jan. 17 in district court.
According to the affidavit, the victim, who identified Moss as her boyfriend, said he beat her on Jan. 1 after she asked him who he was texting as the two were lying in bed together. She said that upon her asking, Moss got out of bed and began yelling and swearing at her. He then grabbed her by the hair and throat, lifted her off the bed and threw her around the living room, and then against a table and into a dresser.
She said when she tried to call the police, Moss took her phone away. She then tried to flee out the back door of the residence, but Moss kept her from doing so.
The victim said when she tried to escape through the front screen door, Moss grabbed her and threw her on the couch, striking her at least once on the left side of her face.
HSPD Officer 1st Class Bryan Caldwell noted a broken window on the front screen door as well as "numerous items thrown around the entire house" at the residence, and also observed swelling and redness on the left side of the victim's face.
The victim said she had been dating Moss for four months and the attack was the first time he had been violent with her. She also said that Moss previously had anger issues.
Local on 01/11/2017