Argument Over The Value Of Gold Leads To Arrest Of Man Who Assaulted Girlfriend

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013, 8:53:00 AM

Tim Broughton

A 21-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 12 after assaulting his girlfriend after becoming upset and agitated during an argument over the value of gold.

At 10:30 pm officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were requested to visit the 800 block of Broadway in order to investigate a domestic violence incident.

When the officers arrived they spoke with the victim, who was the girlfriend of the suspect.

She said her boyfriend had visited the apartment and during the course of this visit they had begun to argue over what she described as “stupid things.”

One of these “stupid things” was apparently the value of gold.

The boyfriend had allegedly become upset and agitated because she was differing with him regarding the value of gold.

She claimed that he informed her that he was always right, and was at that time resentful that she was daring to argue with him.

He expressed his displeasure by pushing the victim to the ground, sitting on her, and punching her repeatedly on both of her upper arms.

Eventually the victim was able to escape, run outside and call the police.

The officers discovered the boyfriend was still hiding in the victim’s apartment, and despite repeated attempts to get him to answer the door, he remained hidden until a maintenance worker at the complex arrived with a spare key and unlocked the door.

The officers entered the apartment and found that the boyfriend was in the bed pretending to be asleep.

The officers got him out of the bed and arrested this Los Angeles resident and after the victim positively identified him he was charged with domestic violence, false imprisonment using force, and delaying an investigation.

Bail was set at $50,000.

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