NEW BRITAIN - A city man with 11 prior domestic violence incidents is accused of hitting a female victim in the face repeatedly at Batterson Park on Saturday.
Raul Cruz, 42, of Biruta Street, is charged with third-degree assault, second-degree breach of peace and violation of protective order in the incident.
According to the incident report, police responded to the park and found the victim at the entrance with redness and swelling around her nose and mouth and blood around her nose. She said she was punched in the face repeatedly with a closed fist by Cruz after they had gotten into an argument.
Police stopped a vehicle that was leaving the park and identified Cruz as the driver, the report continued. When police asked him about the injuries to the victim he claimed to not know the victim and what police were talking about.
Another man who was in the car with Cruz then told police he saw Cruz assault the victim but the victim slapped Cruz first, the report said.
Because of the lack of injury to Cruz, the visible injury to the victim and the witness account, police determined Cruz was the primary aggressor, the report said.
Police found there was a protective order placed on him that prevents him from assaulting, harassing and stalking the victim through Feb. 25, 2099, the report said. A records check showed Cruz was most recently arrested for a violation of protective order in 2015, where he was sentenced to two years in jail.
Cruz was ordered held on $75,000 bond during his arraignment in New Britain Superior Court Monday after the state prosecutor shared the background of Cruz. Cruz will be eligible to be tried as a persistent domestic violence offender.
Cruz is due back in court on Aug. 8.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or email@example.com.