Shelbyville man charged with domestic battery in presence of child, criminal confinement

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Ruben Sanchez

Update (September 27, 2016) — Sanchez pleaded guilty to domestic battery in the presence of a child less than 16 and criminal confinement, and he will serve one year of probation.

SHELBYVILLE, Ind.– A Shelbyville man is facing several charges after a domestic violence incident Thursday evening.

Ruben Sanchez, 31, was arrested on charges of domestic battery in the presence of a child less than 16 and criminal confinement.

Officers were called to the house Thursday after a neighbor called 911 and said a woman rain out onto her porch naked and yelling for help. When officers got to the house, they were told by a 6-year-old boy that his mother was in the back room.

Police announced their presence and asked to enter the residence. Sanchez told them they could come in, according to court documents. Officers observed cuts on his chest and marks on his hands. Police described him as mad and upset.

Sanchez’s girlfriend came out of the room partially clothed and told officers, “he’s beating me!”

Court documents show they started fighting that morning and at one point, Sanchez allegedly picked her up and threw her around the room and stood at the doorway so she could not leave.

She told police he pinned her to the bed and she was “wrapped up like a pretzel.” Once she became free, she says she poked him in the eye. Sanchez then poked her in the eye while she was pinned to the bed.

Sanchez then allegedly punched her in the forehead with a closed fist.

She indicated that there had been a pattern of violence for the previous three days, and off and on for about five years. She told police her son was in the room while they were arguing and may have seen some of the altercation.

She was eventually able to escape, and that’s when she ran outside and yelled for help. When she came back in, Sanchez said, “Great, now we’re both going to jail,” according to court documents.

When police spoke with Sanchez, he said the fight began over her possibly having an affair. He told police she bit her own fist and was “going psycho.” He said he held her down to prevent her from swinging at him. When the argument escalated to a physical situation, he said he told her, “I don’t want to put my hands on you again.”

Court documents show Sanchez did not respond when asked about a pattern of violence.

When police spoke to the child, he said the two “yell and scream” all the time, often in front of him. The boy left with his grandfather. Police did not allow his mother to hug or kiss him. They informed her that if any of her accusations were false, she could be charged.

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