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YOUNGSTOWN Man charged with beating his girlfriend



Published: Wed, February 6, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- A 45-year-old East Side man was to be arraigned today on charges of felony domestic violence and misdemeanor obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and menacing after police found his live-in girlfriend beaten about the face with her eyes swollen shut.

When police were called to the couple's Stewart Avenue apartment around 7 a.m. Tuesday, the man swore at the two officers and refused to let them inside. A police sergeant arrived and, after 10 minutes, the man still had not let them in and had threatened to shoot them "if he had a gun," reports show. When police threatened to kick down the door, he opened it, still swearing.

Face covered: Police found the woman, 45, in the bedroom with covers pulled over her head, telling police she was fine. When police asked her to remove the covers, they saw her bloodied, swollen face, with cuts below her eyes. Her injuries prevented her from signing a formal police complaint.

She told police her boyfriend had beaten her during the night and refused to let her leave. The boyfriend admitted the beating, telling police he can "do the time."

He was taken to Mahoning County jail.




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