Man faces battery charges after girlfriend heard yelling from motel room: 'he is trying to kill me'

A Delray Beach man was released from jail this morning, two days after officers who were dispatched to a Boynton Beach motel overheard a woman yelling, "he is trying to kill me. "

The man later told police: "Take me. She deserved it," according to the arrest report.

Joseph M. Pruitt, 26, was released from the Palm Beach County Jail after posting a $6,000 surety bond. He is facing charges of aggravated battery and false imprisonment.

Boynton Beach Police responded to a fight between a man and a woman Tuesday at the Golden Sands Motel at 520 S.E. 21st Ave. When police arrived and knocked on the door, a woman responded "Help me. He's trying to kill me," according to the arrest report.

When the officer yelled "open the door," the officer heard the woman yell "help me" followed by a man who ordered her to "shut up, " the report said. A few seconds later, the woman answered the door.

The 26-year-old woman, whose name was redacted in the report, stood by the door wearing a towel, the officer said. She was "visibly upset," had a swollen left eye and was bleeding from her mouth. Pruitt walked out the door and said, "Take me. She deserved it," according to the report.

The woman told officers that Pruitt was the father of their child and that they had been arguing over money the last two days. She added that Monday, Pruitt bit her twice — and that Tuesday he had ripped her clothes off to prevent her from leaving, which is when he punched her in the mouth and eye, according to the report.

The woman also said that she hit her head during the incident and felt dizzy. She was taken to Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach.


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