BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A Boca Raton man is facing a felony battery charge after head butting his girlfriend and breaking her nose after the two began arguing at a Taco Bell, police said.
Giovanni M. Griffin, 24, was arrested Thursday after his girlfriend decided to police "the truth about what happened" the day before, according to a Boca Raton police arrest report.
The victim had initially made up a story about how she was attacked by a stranger at Glades Road and Powerline Road because she "felt bad for Griffin" and "did not want to ruin his life," police said.
Police said the couple were eating at a Taco Bell on Thursday when they started arguing. after leaving the Taco Bell, they continued to argue in the car. Things got worse from there.
A furious Griffin allegedly started speeding and swerving across lanes of traffic while swearing and shouting at the victim.
While driving, Griffin then leaned over and head butted his girlfriend across the face, the report stated. The victim began bleeding from the nose. She tried to escape from the vehicle but couldn't.
In an attempt to prevent her from telling police or going to the hospital, Griffin sped up, police said. He punched the victim in the nose.
Feeling dizzy and "in a severe amount of pain," the girlfriend pleaded for Griffin to stop the car. He did, at Glades Road and Powerline Road. The victim called police.
Police arrived and the victim was taken to Boca Regional Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fractured nasal bone, an injury that could potentially cause permanent damage and disfigurement, according to the arrest report.
When the victim spoke to police the next day, an investigating officer noticed that she had a swollen nose that was bruised severely on both sides, a mild black eye, and a laceration across her nose that was still bleeding. The victim also said "this has happened on numerous occasions," police said.
When police spoke to Griffin, he told cops that during the argument, his girlfriend had "struck him across the face multiple times" and that he punched her to defend himself. Police said in the report that later on, Griffin changed his account of what happened. Griffin also told police that his girlfriend's facial injuries came as a result of her hitting her face on the dashboard after he braked for a red light.
Griffin was booked into the Palm Beach County jail on Thursday and released the next day.
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