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Boyfriend arrested in attack on woman

Police arrested a 39-year-old Brooksville man on Friday, exactly one month after the day when authorities say he shot himself in the head after violently attacking his girlfriend.

The man was arrested by St. Petersburg police after he was released from Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, where he had been hospitalized since Jan. 14. His name is withheld to protect the identity of the 27-year-old victim, who authorities say was slashed more than 40 times with a cuticle cutter and sexually assaulted with a curling iron.

Doctors treated the man for wounds to the upper-left side of his head after he turned a sawed-off shotgun on himself. At the time, his 200-pound frame straddled the woman's bound body in the bed of their home east of Brooksville, near Interstate 75, and before firing, the man looked down at the woman and said, "Here," police reports said.

The man was being held without bail Friday evening in the Pinellas County Jail, awaiting transfer to Hernando County. He has been charged with two counts of sexual battery, two counts of aggravated battery and one count of possessing a sawed-off shotgun.

According to initial reports of the incident, officers arrived at the couple's home to find the woman's 10-year-old son frantically trying to free her from the duct tape and rope that bound her wrists and mouth.

She had multiple burns about her body and 40 to 50 gashes across her chest, stomach and abdomen, caused by a cuticle cutter, which was later found in the bed, reports said.

The reports said the man became enraged after accusing her of infidelity. He dragged the woman into the bedroom and bound her with rope and tape, then punched her in the face and torso. He sliced her clothes off with a knife, then produced a hot curling iron.

He placed the curling iron against her face and raped her with it. He then burned her breasts and thigh with the curling iron, reports said, and attacked her with the cuticle cutters.