Ricardo Salamanca, 48, appeared in court on Wednesday after authorities say he nearly cut off his girlfriend’s nose when she refused to have sex with him.
According to the Sun Sentinel
, during Salamanca’s court appearance, Broward County Judge John "Jay" Hurley said victim Rosita Rosario's “nose was severed down to the sinus cavity, where her nose was only attached by a thread . . . She was trauma alerted to North Broward Hospital for surgery to reattach her nose.”
The incident occurred on October 28, when after meeting in a nightclub in the Broward County city of Plantation, Salamanca, a truck driver, followed the victim to her home.
After letting the alleged assailant into her home Rosario claimed she was thrown to floor and initially put into a chokehold before being cut by Salamanca when she refused his sexual advances police said.
During the attack, Salamanca allegedly told Rosario, "That's what you deserve, bi***," according to a Fort Lauderdale police report.
After managing to fight off the attack, Rosario was able to drive herself to Broward Health Imperial Point hospital before being transferred to North Broward Medical Center to have her nose surgically reattached.
“All she can remember is she ran from you. You picked her up and threw her across the room. Then she realized her face was bleeding profusely after that,” added Hurley in court.
On Nov. 8, Rosario delivered a sworn statement to police after her reattachment surgery. Further surgery on Rosario’s nose is still needed according to the report.
This isn’t the first time Salamanca has been arrested for assault. According to Assistant State Attorney Eric Linder Salamanca, in 1989 the accused Salamanca was convicted of battery in Lake Mary, Fla.
Court records show that three days after the attack, Rosario filed a temporary injunction against Salamanca. Salamanca is currently being held on $75,000 bail.
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