30 Jan 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
35 year old bartender arrested for slapping girlfriend who he accused of having an affair with their friend.
Edwin Bryan Mendoza Jr. is charged by the police with domestic violence: assault and battery, disturbing the peace and criminal mischief.
During the bail hearing on Monday afternoon Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $10,000 cash bail on Mendoza.
Assistant attorney general Jonathan Robert Glass Jr. appeared for the government.
Chief Public Defender Douglas Hartig appeared as Mendoza’s defense counsel.
Camacho remanded the defendant back to the custody of the Department of Corrections and he was ordered to return to court on February 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm for a preliminary hearing, and arraignment on Feb. 12, at 9 am.
According to the police upon initial interview with Mendoza’s girlfriend, he came home Saturday at 3 am intoxicated.
The victim told police that initially Mendoza was okay and was speaking a normal tone. Later she said, Mendoza began asking questions things that had happened in the past, and started accusing her of having an affair in a loud tone of voice causing the children to wake up from their sleep and began crying.
She said she asked Mendoza to check and calm the children but insisted and continued to argue with her about her affair with their friend, in which she told him that nothing happened.
When she checked on the children, Mendoza followed her and continued to ask her about her alleged affair and when she continued to tell him that nothing happened, Mendoza slapped her on the left side of her face with an open palm. She said that when the children started to cry, she tried to get the children out of the room but Mendoza pulled her back into the room grabbing both her arms.
Police said a neighbor had persuaded Mendoza to step outside the room after he pounded on the couple’s bedroom door.
She told police that after Mendoza left the room, she used shelves to brace the door to keep it from opening.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101860-bartender-charged-for-slapping-girlfriend