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Lake Worth Beach Man Arrested After Attacking Ex-Girlfriend

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A 26-year-old Lake Worth Beach man is facing multiple charges, including sexual battery, after police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and assaulted her.

Peter Benjamin Pedro-Mendez is charged with sexual battery, burglary with battery and false imprisonment.

West Palm Beach police say he broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and attacked her early last Friday.

The victim told police that she and Pedro-Mendez dated from February 2018 until this past Memorial Day weekend.

Although she did not initially report it to law enforcement, she alleges that Pedro-Mendez began harassing her and stalking her since the end of their relationship.

The victim’s current boyfriend met her Thursday and spent the evening at her home.

When he left her residence at 2:40 a.m., she had to move her vehicle, as it was blocking his vehicle in the driveway.

The woman told police that she noticed a red Toyota Camry with the engine running parked next to the road directly in front of her home.

She suspected it was Pedro-Mendez’s vehicle, but did not see him.

Meanwhile, her current boyfriend waited for her to enter her home before driving away.

After she entered her home and locked the door, she noticed Pedro-Mendez standing in the doorway of a bedroom in the home.

Police say Pedro-Mendez cursed at the victim, grabbed her by the hair and slammed her against the wall, before sexually assaulting her.

They say she she bit one of his biceps at one point, struck him with her hands, and scratched him.

Pedro-Mendez took the woman’s phone and prevented her from calling for help. He also blocked the doorway when she tried to leave, and prevented her from calling for help, according to police.

The victim told police that Pedro-Mendez paced around her home and continued to verbally attack her while preventing her from leaving. When he eventually left, he took her nightwear, threw it in the garbage and took the garbage can outside.

She told police that the window air-conditioning unit in the south bedroom appeared to have been tampered with, and was possibly how he got inside the house.

The victim reportedly had bruising throughout her hands and knuckles, as well as a hematoma on the back of her head.