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Date: 10/26/2015 11:55 AM PDT

Springfield teen denies assaulting pregnant girlfriend, admits smashing television and cell phone, police say By Jack Flynn | jflynn@repub.com on March 03, 2015 at 6:30 AM, updated March 03, 2015 at 6:33 AM SPRINGFIELD - Instead of punching his pregnant girlfriend Sunday morning, Jesus Pizarro-Reyes decided to kick a hole in her television and hurl her phone against the wall, according to his arrest report. "It looks like you won't be calling (the police) after all," Pizarro-Reyes, 18, told his girlfriend after damaging her phone during a fight at their Lionel Benoit Road apartment, the report states. But his girlfriend managed to reassemble the phone and call 911, leading to his arrest later Sunday morning on felony assault charges. In Springfield District Court Monday, Pizarro-Reyes pleaded innocent to aggravated domestic assault and battery, witness intimidation, threat to commit a crime and malicious property damage. During the arraignment, defense lawyer Randy Milou said his client never struck his 22-year old girlfriend and their argument had ended by the time police arrived. But Pizarro-Reyes acknowledged taking his anger out on his girlfriend's television and cell phone and also admitted striking her in the past, the arrest report states. Pizarro-Reyes is listed as both an employee and student at Balliet Middle School in Springfield in the police report. The girlfriend, described as being "visibly pregnant" with the defendant's child, is also mother of a young boy who was sleeping in the apartment as the couple fought. The boy is not Pizarro-Reyes' child, the report states. The couple began arguing late Saturday night and by 4 a.m. Pizarro-Reyes was enraged, the woman told police. When she asked him to leave, he refused; when she threatened to call police, he responded, "If the cops show up, something bad is going to happen," according to the report. Then the defendant kicked a hole in the television and began damaging furniture, saying "this is what I can do," the woman said. He also threatened to punch her. When she raised her hands in self-defense, he grabbed her phone and threw it against the wall, the woman told police. After collecting pieces of the phone, she locked herself in the bathroom; as he banged on the door, she managed to reassemble it and call 911, the woman said. When police arrived, the defendant admitted damaging the television and phone, but offered an explanation. "Mr. Pizarro-Reyes told officers ... that he hit and destroyed those things to keep from hitting her as he had the urge to," the report said. At the defense lawyer's request, Judge Jacklyn Connly released the defendant on personal recognizance and scheduled a pretrial conference April 19. She also ordered the Pizarro-Reyes to have no contact with the defendant. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/instead_of_punching_pregnant_g.html

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