Boardman man accused of punching girlfriend multiple times, preventing her from escaping
A Boardman man is behind bars after allegedly punching his girlfriend multiple times and preventing her from escaping their home.
According to a report from the Boardman Police Department, officers arrived at a home on the 700 block of Indianola Road just before 4:00 a.m. Sunday.
Upon arrival, police observed the female victim's face to have been severely beaten and say her face was swollen to the point of being "unrecognizable."
Police observed "fresh bruising" around both of the victims eyes, cheeks lips and forehead, as well as blood all over her face. Police also observed bruises on her neck indicating that she had possibly been strangled as well.
According to the police report, police ordered the suspect, identified as 48-year-old Robb Arent out of the house. Police say Arent appeared to be heavily intoxicated when he came out of the house.
The female victim told police she did not remember how the argument started, but said it wasn't over anything important. Arent later told police the argument was due to him allegedly seeing another woman.
She told police Arent "lost it" and began striking her repeatedly in the face and in the head. Police say whenever the victim tried to escape the home, Arent prevented her from doing so.
The victim went on to say Arent eventually got her on the ground and violently wrapped his arms around her throat and began strangling her.
Police say when the victim tried to call police for assistance, Arent took her phone from her and destroyed it followed by threatening to kill himself if she called police.
The victim told police she grabbed her son's phone to attempt to make another call. Arent allegedly grabbed that phone as well, but accidentally made a call. Police say the victim screamed into the phone for help and that she was being assaulted.
Arent alleged that the victim attacked him first telling police "she attacked me and it got out of hand" and "I know it looks bad, but it's not all my fault."
Upon investigating the house, police observed blood on the living room floor and a torn t-shirt. Police also found a shotgun, a .22 rifle and a 9mm handgun in the bedroom.
Police also found the victim's shattered cell phone, as well as a Mahoning County Deputy Sheriff badge in the nightstand. The victim told police Arent never worked for the Sheriff's Department.
Arent is currently in the Mahoning County Jail and is charged with Felonious Assault, Domestic Violence, Kidnapping and Disrupting a Public Service. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.
Police say they recall several previous investigations involving Arent describing him as "highly confrontational" and stating that he was known to own several firearms.