VERO BEACH – The Vero Beach Police Department arrested a man who allegedly beat up his girlfriend after she cooked him dinner.
Officers met with the victim who had a visible injury to her face and stated she was “beaten” by her ex-boyfriend. She identified him as Jerald Jenkins, 53, who she dated for six years.
The victim told police that Jenkins arrived at her apartment for her to “cook him dinner and talk,” but he was getting agitated. He then threw the food on her and started hitting the victim with his fist to her face, chest, and back of her head, according to the report.
Jenkins then pushed her down and stomped on her head numerous times. He then “terrorized me into not calling the police and I agreed so that he would leave,” the report said.
Officers observed numerous injuries to the victim’s face. She had a split bottom lip in two places, bruising and swelling to her cheeks, with bruises to her chin. She complained of dizziness every time she stood up and had a headache.
The victim said she was in fear of retaliation from Jenkins if she pressed charges. She stated he already threatened to kill her and “leave her body for her daughter to find,” according to the report.
Police transported the victim to the Indian River Medical Center for treatment. Medical staff advised officers that she suffered a brain bleed as a result of the attack.
Police then met with Jenkins at his Vero Beach residence. He stated that the two began to argue and he “snapped.” Jenkins told officers that he did not have any memory of the event.
Jenkins knew “what he did was wrong” and apologized. He was transported to the Indian River County Jail where he was charged with Felony Battery with Prior Conviction. Bond set at $20,000.
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