Joseph Gibbons-Nix of Hollywood, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of beating, strangling, and sexually assaulting his girlfriend over a period of several days, news sources indicate. He is also accused of killing two of the woman’s pet hamsters. Nix, 35, was booked into the Broward County Jail on charges of aggravated assault, sexual assault, domestic battery by strangulation, and animal cruelty. It is unclear whether he has qualified for bail bond. It is also not yet known whether he has hired a lawyer.
Reports say that Nix and his girlfriend, who was not identified publically in reports, have lived together for nearly seven years. It is not known whether they have ever had similar problems in the past. The girlfriend does not appear to have spoken to the press about her experience.
The incident reportedly began sometime last week when Nix ordered his girlfriend to perform oral sex on him. The victim reportedly initially refused, but finally gave in due to Nix’s persistence. However, Nix was allegedly unhappy with her performance and responded by striking her on her face, head, and arms. A police reports also claims that Nix bit and strangled the woman a number of times. The police report say the man “strangled [the victim] where her airway was completely blocked and she felt she was going to lose consciousness.”
At some point during the alleged abuse, Nix allegedly said to the victim that her pet hamsters were “ungodly creatures.” The man then allegedly picked up one of the hamsters and slammed it against the floor, where it died immediately. He then killed another hamster by throwing it against the floor and hitting it with a shoe, news sources say.
On Wednesday, the woman, afraid for her life, told Nix she was going to buy coffee and walked to a nearby gas station. Once there, she called police and reported the abuse. Nix was arrested sometime afterwards. A police reported that Nix “intentionally caused bodily harm and forced [the victim] by threat to engage in sexual activities against her will.”
In other news, Michael R. Fischer of Palm Beach County, Florida was arrested recently after he was accused of pointing a laser light at a police helicopter and a commercial airline jet, new sources indicate. Fischer, 25, was booked into police custody on charges of misuse of a laser light. He has since been released on his own recognizance; it is not yet known whether he has hired a lawyer.
Reports say the incident occurred around midnight when the pilot of an AirTran Boeing 717 reported seeing a laser beam on the plane’s cockpit. Another incident occurred sometime later when the pilot of a helicopter reported a similar incident of a laser light entering the aircraft from below.
Police later located two witnesses who say they witnessed Fischer pointing the laser light at the aircrafts. The officers then tracked down and arrested Fischer, who said he was just playing around when he pointed the laser at the helicopter and airplane.