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Scottsbluff man accused of beating girlfriend with a bat

August 4, 2018

Police arrested a Scottsbluff man Thursday who is accused of assaulting his girlfriend with a baseball bat, fracturing her wrist and causing other injuries.

Josh Hernandez, 19, of Scottsbluff, has been charged with second-degree domestic assault, a Class IIIA felony; and use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class II felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, police were contacted after a woman went to Regional West Medical Center for injuries, including bruises and cuts. The woman told hospital staff she had been jumped. However, relatives of the woman suspected she had been injured by her boyfriend.

The woman’s sister told police that the woman admitted to her that her boyfriend, identified as Herndandez, had assaulted her, hitting her with a bat. The sister took the woman to the police department, where she reported she had been assaulted around the early morning hours of Aug. 3.

The woman told police that she and Hernandez were walking on East Overland when they talked about family members of Hernandez. After the woman said she did not like them, she alleged, Hernandez punched her in the head. The woman said she continued walking to her home in the 1300 block of Seventh Avenue.

She told police Hernandez started yelling at her when she hit him with a baseball bat and struck him in his left knee cap. The woman said the man dropped to the ground for a few minutes, got up and picked the pat up, striking her on the arms, legs and shoulder with the bat.

The woman told police that she told the man to leave as he attempted to help get blood off her, but that as she opened the door, Hernandez allegedly pushed her. Door on the glass was broken, she said, and she suffered cuts to the arm.

The woman said she left, going to a friend’s home and the friend’s mother drove her to the hospital at about 4 a.m.

The officer reports in the arrest affidavit that the woman had been treated with stitches, a brace for a fractured wrist and suffered numerous bruises and welts on different parts of her body.

Police attempted to locate the man in the 800 block of West 26th Street after he was reported to have entered a home. He left the area and authorities located him in the 2500 block of Avenue H. Officers identified him as intoxicated and he was arrested.

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