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Deputies arrest Pasco man they say beat, strangled wife

Michael A. Fuentes, 39, was upset that his wife pawned two tablet computers, deputies said.

Michael A. Fuentes, 39, was upset that his wife pawned two tablet computers, deputies said.

LAND O'LAKES — When his wife pawned two tablet computers without his knowledge, a 39-year-old bartender grabbed her hair and dragged her to the bathroom Tuesday, deputies said.

There, Michael A. Fuentes slammed his wife's head against the toilet and beat her, according to an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Fuentes was arrested Wednesday, charged with domestic battery by strangulation.

Punching and kicking her, Fuentes left bruises, scrapes and cuts on his wife's body, the report said. At one point, the report states, he held a piece of mirror to his wife's throat and threatened to kill her.

Then he started to strangle her, the report said. When deputies met his wife, she had a burst blood vessel in her eye, a common injury resulting from choking, the report said.

Fuentes was in Land O'Lakes jail Thursday without bail.

Deputies arrest Pasco man they say beat, strangled wife 06/26/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 26, 2014 8:26pm]
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