Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

New Port Richey man accused of assaulting pregnant girlfriend

NEW PORT RICHEY — Even the neighbors could hear the shrieking, police say, when Brendan Donlon grabbed his pregnant girlfriend and dragged her into the house.

About 6:30 p.m. Monday, a witness called 911. Police arrived. Donlon told his girlfriend, Selena Bishop, not to answer the door, according to a New Port Richey Police report.

That began the hour-long standoff, closing the street in front of the home at 6206 Delaware Ave. Police surrounded the home while Chief James Steffens negotiated through a 911 operator who was on the phone with Bishop.

Bishop wouldn't answer the door. She denied that there was a man in the house with her. She said she wouldn't come out unless they lowered their guns.

Over his police radio, Steffens told her he wasn't leaving. He knew Donlon was with her. If they came out immediately, he said, it would all end peacefully. Their choice.

Eventually, police lowered their guns and Bishop came out, followed a short time later by Donlon.

A witness identified Donlon as the man seen battering Bishop, who is five months pregnant with his child, a police report states.

Donlon, 27, was arrested on a charge of aggravated domestic battery on a pregnant victim. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday without bail.

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