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Abilene Police: Victim’s head smashed into windsheld, bitten, while boyfriend arrested

Published On: May 16 2013 10:39:33 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2013 04:03:31 PM CDT
Michael J. Soto

Man arrested after allegedly smashing his girlfriend's head into windshield and biting her on the hand. Police identified the man as 29-year-old Michael J. Soto of Abilene.

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 2:25 a.m. Thursday, Officers Matt Allen and Brian Poynor responded to a disturbance call outside a business location in the 2600 block of South 1st Street. A concerned citizen had contacted APD dispatch advising them that a female victim had been assaulted and that the citizen and victim were near South 1st and Shelton Streets. An officer contacted the victim at a parking lot and learned that a domestic assault had just occurred. The description of a suspect vehicle was ascertained. Officer Allen located the suspect vehicle in the 200 block of Shelton and contacted the male driver. Officer Allen reported that the male driver - Soto - had been obviously involved in a physical altercation. The driver performed standard field sobriety tests and was determined to be intoxicated. The female victim was transported to a local hospital by a private vehicle. The preliminary investigation also revealed that Soto had assaulted the victim whom was identified as the driver’s girlfriend. Soto allegedly forcibly removed the victim out of the involved vehicle during the physical altercation. The investigation revealed that the victim’s head was slammed into the involved vehicles windshield, cracking the windshield. Injuries sustained by the victim were determined to be serious and included head trauma consisting of several large lumps to the head. Bite marks to the victim’s hand were also observed. Officer Poynor reported that the victim was in stable condition. An emergency protective order was requested. Soto was arrested for Aggravated Assault Family Violence and for misdemeanor DWI. This investigation continues.

At about 5:05 p.m. Wednesday, Sgt. Jason Haak contacted APD dispatch informing them that he needed assistance with a subject at a business in the 2900 block of South 1st Street. Officers Brad Hambright and Katie Snell responded to assist. The preliminary investigation revealed that Sgt. Haak was in plain clothes attire and observed a known female subject trespassing on two adjacent properties. The subject had been recently warned not to return to said properties. Sgt. Haak contacted the subject and identified himself with his credentials. Sgt. Haak’s report states that he is also known by the subject. When Sgt. Haak attempted to detain the subject, the subject refused to stop and disobeyed his orders. Sgt. Haak had to physically restrain the subject to make an arrest. The subject was arrested for three misdemeanor offenses: Evading Detention and Criminal Trespass (two counts).

At about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Adrian Slaymaker responded to a shoplifter call at a business in the 4300 block of Southwest Drive. APD dispatch had been contacted by a loss prevention employee concerning an alleged theft involving a female suspect that was detained. Officer Slaymaker contacted the involved parties and learned that the female suspect was a juvenile, age 14. The preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect had been observed selecting a large quantity of merchandise and later observed passing all points of sale without making any attempt to pay for said merchandise. Approximately $346 of merchandise was recovered. The suspect was warned not to return to the store and was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center.