March 10, 2011

Key West man charged with brutally beating girlfriend

Key West – A Key West man is under arrest, charged with brutally beating his girlfriend overnight.

The U.S. Coast Guard was called to respond to the waters off of Wisteria Island at 3 a.m. today. A woman who’d been beaten and held against her will on a sailboat had escaped and swum to a nearby boat. The resident of the boat pulled her from the water and called for help.

The 31 year old victim had severe bruising to her face and body. She was transported to the hospital for treatment. She told Deputy David Fernandez her boyfriend, 45 year old Dennis Walsh, had beaten her severely over a two hour period. She said he choked her, and tied her up. She managed to escape when, she said, he passed out from drinking.

The Coast Guard took Deputy Fernandez out to the sailboat where Walsh lives. The deputy found blood in large quantities all over the boat. Walsh was still passed out. He was taken into custody, charged with aggravated battery and false imprisonment. He was booked into jail.

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