Man Accused of Pistol-Whipping Girlfriend In Sebastian

Sebastian man pistol whips girlfriend, in jail on a $125,000 bond.
Sebastian man pistol whips girlfriend, in jail on a $125,000 bond. Photo by Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

SEBASTIAN, Florida – A 25-year-old man is currently in jail on a $125,00.00 bond after he was arrested on 1 count of Felony Battery Domestic Violence by Strangulation, and 2 counts of Felony Aggravated Battery Domestic Violence, according to the Sebastian Police Department.

Joseph Vincent Cafeo, who currently resides in Sebastian, allegedly struck his girlfriend with a closed fist, causing a black eye to the victim. The incident was witnessed by a third party, according to the report.

The victim told police that she and Cafeo broke up a few days prior over allegations of adultery in their relationship.

Cafeo then pulled out a gray pistol and placed it against the victim’s head while stating he was going to kill the victim. He then struck the woman in the head with the pistol and caused a laceration to the right ear. Cafeo then struck the victim on the left temple with the firearm further stating he would kill her, the report said.

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“The defendant then dropped the firearm and placed his hands around the victim’s neck and restricted her airway so heavily that the victim would no longer breathe,” the officer said. “The victim stated she lost vision, breathing, and momentary consciousness.

Cafeo then left the vehicle and told her that if she told anyone, he would kill her and her two children, according to the arrest affidavit.

The victim had visible injury consistent with the statements and was transported to the emergency room for treatment.

Cafeo was arrested and transported to the Indian River County Jail.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott is a new resident of Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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