Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


March 16, 2012

Break-up becomes violent; man arrested

An apparent relationship break-up became violent Thursday morning at a Garden Street apartment, and Richard J. Zimmerman, 28, 680 Gardenwood Drive, was charged with third-degree assault and third-degree menacing.

According to the report, Zimmerman became angry with the victim and grabbed her by the jaw area and threw her down on the bed. The victim fled into the kitchen area, where Zimmerman followed her, grabbed her by the arms and forced her into the corner, police said.

 The victim’s head was slammed repeatedly into the wall, and Zimmerman struck her in the face with a closed fist, according to the report. The victim’s nose ring was ripped off in the process.

When Zimmerman began throwing things around in the kitchen, the victim reached for a hockey stick for self defense, the report said. Zimmerman stepped on her hand and hit her several more times, according to police.

When the victim grabbed her phone to call police, Zimmerman demanded the cell phone, she said. He pried it from her fingers by bending them back, the report said.

Zimmerman fled the scene, but was located by Rodney Peters, the assisting officer. Zimmerman was arrested and booked on assault and menacing charges.

The Lockport Fire Department rescue squad provided medical aid. A full-order of protection was requested.

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