Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have arrested a suspect in the brutal beating of a woman caught on a doorbell surveillance camera as she begged for help.
Darnell Rodgers, 23, is now facing charges of kidnapping and domestic battery in the harrowing incident that occurred in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, The Las Vegas Sun reports.
The graphic footage released by police shows the woman running up to a residence in tears and banging on the door, before a man behind her grabs her and throws her to the ground while she begs him to “stop.”
The man then kicked her with such intensity that she tumbled down a step, while he says “Why would you f---ing do that?” The vicious attack continues before the man instructs her to “get in the car” and he drags her off by her hair in the direction of a white sedan.
Police arrested Rodgers around 3 a.m. Thursday after receiving tips from the public and noticing the woman referred to the man as “Darnell” in the video footage.
“This is an absolutely horrible crime,” Metro Capt. Dennis O’Brien told local station KLAS. “This is a case right where it shows how involved the community is.”
Investigators said the couple were romantically involved and share a one-month-old daughter, who was in the car the night of the attack, police said according to KSNV.
The couple had been driving home from a New Year’s Eve party when they got into an argument and the woman—who has not been identified—fled to try to get help just before 1 a.m, according to police.
A few hours later, police said they received a call from someone who knew the couple, reporting a domestic disturbance between the pair around 3: 45 a.m.
Police used that 911 call and the woman’s reference to “Darnell” in the tape to identify Rodgers as their suspect. The person who called the police also later reported that the person in the video footage appeared to be Rodgers, authorities said.
Police said both the mother and child are safe after the ordeal.
Rodgers reportedly told police that he was drunk during the alleged incident and that it had been sparked by an argument over money, according to an arrest report obtained by KLAS. He said the argument had gotten physical because he was afraid the woman would take their baby away.
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