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March 21, 2013

Police: Man choked woman, pushed towel rack into her abdomen

Pushed a broken towel rack into her abdomen; held without bail pending hearing

HAVERHILL — A Methuen man is being held without bail after police said he choked his girlfriend and pushed a broken towel rack into her abdomen.

Geno Deluca, 25, 142 Pleasant Valley St., apt. 101, Methuen, was arrested by Methuen police after fleeing his girlfriend’s Hilldale Avenue home in Haverhill. He is charged with attempted murder, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and intimidating a witness.

Haverhill District Court Judge Patricia Dowling ordered Deluca held without bail pending a hearing March 29 to determine whether he is too dangerous to release.

According to a police report on file at Haverhill District Court, Deluca arrived at the victim’s home after a night of drinking at downtown bars and started an argument with his 28-year-old girlfriend about the status of their relationship.

The report said Deluca was upset the girlfriend did not wish to continue the relationship.

The report said he grabbed her by the throat, choked her and banged her head against a bathroom wall.

Deluca then broke a towel rack and pushed it into the victim’s navel, the report said.

When the victim tried to use her cellphone to call police, Deluca knocked it out of her hands and fled the home, the report said.

Police responded to a report of the disturbance at the home at 12:46 a.m. Monday, the report said.

The victim told police this was the third time Deluca had assaulted her, but the first time she called police.

According to reports, officers said they did not see any bruises on the victim’s neck, but that they observed redness around her navel.

After the incident, police also filed a restraining order against Deluca on behalf of the woman’s 3-year-old daughter, who was home sleeping during the incident, the police report said.




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