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Dispute Over Church Turns Bloody, Leads to White Plains Arrest

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A White Plains woman's bedroom floor was covered in her own blood after police say her live-in boyfriend assaulted her for not wanting to go to church.

Luis Pantoia, 26, was arrested and charged with third-degree assault, third-degree menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal obstruction of breathing, all misdemeanors, on June 10.

The couple share a son, who turned one year old on June 6 and was in the room during the altercation, the report says. He was unharmed. The suspect has a prior history of domestic violence, according to the police report.

The victim, 28, told police her boyfriend punched her in the back of the head when she said she didn't want to go to church. The blow knocked her down and she fell onto the couch, where he hit her in the face several more times, then put his hands around her neck, causing her to lose her breath, according to the police report.

Fearing for her safety, the report says the victim grabbed a drinking glass and tried to hit him with it, but the suspect had straddled her and continued to choke her.

He was arrested when police arrived on a report of a possible dispute to find the bedroom floor, as well as the victim's clothes, covered in blood. Police said she was visibly shaken and had signs of face trauma. She was treated on the scene for a deep laceration on her left hand, and pain and swelling to her lip and left eye area. The suspect had several scratches on his chest and face, which the report said were indicative of defensive wounds.

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