Twenty-two-year old Rafael Bueno Ochoa was arrested last week in Prescott Valley after allegedly punching his girlfriend and biting into her arm. ABC News reported that the victim claimed that she tried to defend herself but that her boyfriend bit her and may have possibly removed a portion of her finger with his teeth.
Prescott Valley police officers say that the victim contacted a domestic violence shelter the day after the incident and reported the altercation to the Prescott Valley police department. The suspect, Ochoa, denies any involvement with the alleged assault, but admitted to "wrestling" with the victim to explain injuries that his girlfriend had on her lip and body.
Authorities arrested Ochoa and booked the man into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde for one count of aggravated assault. FindLaw's LawBrain states that a person is found guilty of aggravated assault if he or she attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.
Law enforcers across the state of Arizona heavily enforce domestic violence-related crimes. Yet many people in the state are unaware that domestic violence is not limited to just physical abuse. FindLaw states that emotional abuse, psychological abuse, or even the threat to cause injury to another person of the same household can be considered forms of domestic violence under the law. Victims of a domestic violence or domestic abuse crime can include spouses, intimate partners, family members, children, and cohabitants of the perpetrator.