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A Southern California home’s doorbell camera captured a desperate woman’s attempt to evade a man who police believe to be her estranged boyfriend, who allegedly chased her down, dragged her by her hair, and inflicted a vicious beating before threatening to kill her.
Robert Mendez, 27, was booked on Monday for suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping, and false imprisonment charges, Arcadia Police confirmed in a release obtained by Oxygen.com.
The woman was seen dashing into the Ring doorbell camera’s frame and pounding on the door of a home located near Santa Anita and Camino Real Avenues in a panic at around 11:30 pm. on Sept. 29, police said.
Seconds later, authorities say a barefoot man, believed to be Mendez, appears and snatches a wad of the women’s hair.
Police described the woman as being “dragged and severely assaulted” by Mendez.
The overpowered woman tried kicking and screaming to resist as she was dropped on the lawn.
While on the ground, the woman's voice can be heard screaming repeatedly, “No!” and “Stop!” followed by a series of rapid hitting sounds in what appears to be the man inflicting a series of punishing blows against the woman.
At one point during the attack, the man lets up and is witnessed in the video growling at the woman, “Get up now. Get up or I’m gonna kill you.”
“We looked out the side window over here, and witnessed him stomping on her and pulling her by her hair,” neighbor Tammy Raycraft told CBSN Los Angeles. “It was awful.”
Arcadia Police officers located Mendez, described by authorities as the woman's estranged boyfriend, at a nearby home and placed him under arrest.
“We kind of suspected that it might be the neighbor because he disappeared so quickly,” Raycraft said.
The woman was also allegedly being “held against her will” inside the home where they found Mendez since Sunday night, the release states.
She suffered injuries that were “severe enough to warrant hospitalization,” police confirmed. Her current condition is unknown.
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