Robert Michael Mendez, 27, faces charges including suspicion of attempted murder, kidnapping and false imprisonment after the Arcadia Police Department on Monday received a video link to the doorbell camera, the department said in a news release. The timing of his first court appearance and whether he has an attorney weren’t clear Wednesday.
“I thought she was going to die,” Arcadia neighbor Tammy Raycraft told KCAL, adding that she saw the man stomping on the woman. “It was really traumatic to watch.”
A neighbor called 911 as the incident unfolded, but officers could not find the attacker or the victim until Monday afternoon, the station reported.
Police canvassing the area found the victim, who they say was “significantly injured.”
“The extent of the female’s injuries were severe enough to warrant hospitalization,” the police news release states. “Investigation also revealed that the female victim had been held against her will inside the residence since late (Sunday) evening.”
Police believe the woman is Mendez’s estranged girlfriend, according to the release.
Mendez was arrested at the house without incident, it states.