A man allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at their home in San Antonio last May 17 after she tried to stop him from going to a friend’s house for a drinking session because of fears he would be infected by COVID-19.
Marcil Barao, 55, was arrested in Koblerville last Thursday on charges of assault and battery and disturbing the peace. He was taken before Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho last Friday for bail hearing. A $5,000 cash bail was initially imposed for his temporary release.
According to police detective Daniel K. Kaipat, police received a call last May 17 about a disturbance at an apartment in Chalan Laulau and learned that Barao allegedly assaulted his girlfriend earlier that day at their home in San Antonio. Kaipat stated in his report that during his interview with the girlfriend the following day, May 18, she stated that Barao had been drinking in the early morning that day, May 17. She said Barao asked her to go with him to his friend’s house, but she refused to go around the island as she’s scared of the coronavirus. The two ended up arguing when she told him to stay home, instead of going around or going to any gathering as he may get the virus. When she told him not to leave the house, Barao allegedly pulled her hair and hit her once on the back of her head. She said she felt dizzy and sustained a small bump on the back of her head. Barao left the house.
Kaipat said that during his separate interview with Barao, the defendant admitted he was already drunk at that time and wanted to go to his friend’s house to drink some more. Kaipat said Barao stated he only pushed his girlfriend when she refused to allow him to leave the house. (Ferdie de la Torre)