Man charged with assaulting woman at Tunxis Hill ATM in June
Updated 11:39 am, Friday, August 15, 2014
A man has been charged with assaulting his girlfriend in the Tunxis Hill Shopping Center's parking lot in June.
German F. Molina, 24, of Hancock Avenue in Bridgeport was held on a $25,000 bond Wednesday after being charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace and risk of injury to a minor. He was scheduled to have appeared the next day in Bridgeport Superior Court.
Officers were called by witnesses of the incident, one of whom reported that the victim may have been abducted. She told police she saw a woman with a bloody face lying on the ground near the free-standing ATM machine in the parking lot. When the witness got out of her car to check on the woman, she said the woman told her that she had been beaten.
At that point, an older blue Toyota Corolla pulled up, and the driver -- that man identified as Molina -- grabbed the woman by the arm and pulled her into the passenger seat before driving off.
Another witness told police he saw the man punch the woman in the face several times.
Using video from the ATM, police were able to determine that Molina, who had used the ATM, was the assault suspect.
According to the report, the woman had picked up Molina from his job in Fairfield and they drove to the ATM, where they got into an argument over money. Their 2-year-old son was in the back seat at the time, police said. After Molina hit the woman, he told her to get out of the car, but returned for her a short time later, police said.