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Man arrested after allegedly attacking girlfriend with machete

November 30, 1999

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A Berkeley County man was arrested early Friday after allegedly attacking his girlfriend with a machete, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Joel Valdez Bautista, 20, of 11 B Lexington Ave. in Falling Waters, W.Va., was charged with malicious wounding, destruction of property, obstructing an officer and two counts of domestic battery, according to court records.

The victim told Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy D. Clarke that Bautista kicked her in the back and cut her right hand and forearm with the machete, and also threatened to kill her 5-year-old son after he tried to stop the accused, according to the deputy's complaint.

"The defendant was yelling 'I'm going to kill the both of you and you are both going to die tonight,'" Clarke said in his complaint.

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When the victim managed to run out of the house to her neighbors, she told Clarke that she watched as Bautista slashed the tires of her Pontiac Sunfire, then leave on foot, according to records.

On Friday at 3:22 a.m., after Clarke had obtained a statement from the victim, the deputy said she told 911 dispatchers that Bautista went to her father's residence off Camp Frame Road near Hedgesville, W.Va., where she went to stay for the night after the attack.

Clarke said he arrived to find Bautista in a red Ford Windstar van, parked near the driveway of her father's home.

When confronted by police, Bautista repeatedly said his name was Edwardo Hernandez, and that Bautista was a friend of his, according to Clarke's complaint.

The victim positively identified him and told police she was aware he used a fake name, according to the complaint.

Magistrate Jim Humphrey set a $61,500 bond for the case, according to court records.

? Matthew Umstead

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