Florida Keys man charged with pushing girlfriend off balcony

Posted at 11:25 AM, Jan 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-31 11:25:14-05

BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Keys man is under arrest after authorities say he pushed his girlfriend off a balcony.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said the 22-year-old woman fell from a 13-foot (4-meter) balcony Wednesday night. She was released from a hospital early Thursday.

When deputies arrived, they found 26-year-old Charles Beneway of Big Pine Key in the driveway and a neighbor tending to the woman. She was bleeding from her nose and mouth but she was conscious and talking.

In an emailed statement, Linhardt said the neighbor told deputies she heard Beneway threaten to kill his girlfriend and watched him push her off the balcony.

Beneway was held without bail on a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm. Jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.