A New Bedford saga of domestic horror unfolded last Sunday night. A 36-year-old man, Eberth Galicia-Giron, allegedly broke into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend and launched into a terrifying assault. A district court judge has since ordered Galicia-Giron to be held without bail, deciding the man's release could pose a serious threat.
Details of the harrowing incident were brought to light after New Bedford police responded to a call about an intoxicated man forcefully entering an apartment. Upon arrival, officers discovered a scene of chaos and violence, as reported by MassLive. The victim, visibly distressed and injured, had to be hastily transported to Saint Luke’s Hospital after she fainted from the ordeal.
"Police found a woman crying, with scratches and fresh bruising and blood coming from her mouth," noted the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III. The violent tableau extended to the state of the apartment itself, which police described as being "in complete disarray," featuring broken beer bottles, holes punched in the walls, and furniture virtually demolished, as per WBSM.
During the attack, Galicia-Giron is said to have seized a knife to both threaten and brutally assault his ex-partner. "He grabbed her neck and held the knife at her neck before punching her in the face several times," according to the harrowing account provided by the district attorney's office to MassLive. The charges laid against Galicia-Giron include domestic assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, breaking and entering, witness intimidation, and destruction of property under $1,200.
Assistant District Attorney Eric DeMoura prosecuted the case during the hearing that was led by Judge Joseph Harrington. The finding of dangerousness effectively prevents Galicia-Giron from potentially continuing to pose a danger to his victim or the community for 120 days, giving the legal system time to further address his actions and impose suitable consequences for the alleged crimes.