Henry Valladares Matamoros of Hollywood, Florida was arrested Monday after he was accused of assaulting his girlfriend and holding her captive for nearly 10 hours, news reports indicate. Matamoros, 27, was booked into the Broward County Jail on charges of domestic violence, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, simple battery, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and depriving of means to protect or communication. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail bond. It is not yet known whether he has hired a lawyer.
Matamoros has apparently lived with his girlfriend for nearly a decade at a residence on the 2400 block of North 59th Avenue. The couple has two children together, one of whom is a 2-year-old boy. It is assumed that the children will be staying with their mother while Matamoros is incarcerated.
According to sources, the altercation began at around 3:00 on Monday morning at the couple’s home. Matamoros, for unknown reasons, allegedly told the victim that he would murder her with a knife. The fight then escalated, and Matamoros allegedly approached the victim, grabbed her by her neck, and strangled her until she nearly passed out. Matamoros then beat his girlfriend with a belt, sources say. When she attempted to leave, Matamoros allegedly used force to keep her in the home and kept her from calling authorities. At least one of the couple’s children was home at the time.
For the next 10 hours, Matamoros allegedly kept the victim in the home against her will. During that time, the victim says Matamoros pinned her to the ground and yanked on her hair. According to reports, the couple’s two-year-old son forced himself between Matamoros and the victim at some point during the alleged fight. It is not clear whether the child was harmed. The victim apparently finally escaped at around 1:00 on Monday afternoon; it is not clear whether she had the child with her.
The victim showed up at a police station with numerous injuries throughout her body, reports say. She had small lacerations to her neck as well as contusions to her legs, arms, chin, hips, and stomach. She received medical attention at the police department. She reportedly told police her story and directed them to the home, where they found Matamoros. Later, during police questioning, Matamoros allegedly admitted to getting into an argument with the victim and said he struck her with a belt.
During a court appearance, a Broward County Judge expressed concern for the 2-year-old’s psychological wellbeing, saying, “The court’s also concerned with the emotional damage done to the 2-year-old by witnessing his mother get strangled and beaten to the point that he attempted to rescue his mother.” The judge ordered that Matamoros have no contact with his wife or child pending an investigation.
Reports say Matamoros was arrested in 2010 on similar charges after he allegedly assaulted another victim. The specifics of that case were unclear, though reports say Matamoros was charged with domestic violence. It is unclear whether he was convicted or sentenced on those charges.