DAVENPORT – A Haines City man is in the Polk County Jail, after Davenport police officers say he punched his pregnant girlfriend.
Tristin Tavaris Glenn, 24, who officers say also uses the name Chris Hoover, of 111 18th St. in Haines City, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of aggravated battery, domestic violence.
“It was his girlfriend,” said Sammy Taylor, the chief of the Davenport Police Department.
Earlier that day, the arrest report notes, Glenn struck the victim, including hitting her in the stomach several times, even though she’s pregnant. Two days earlier, the arrest report states, Glenn bit the victim’s finger, breaking her skin.
Taylor said the victim, also 24, is several weeks pregnant, and was brought into the Davenport Police Department.
“A victim’s advocate from Haines City brought her in around 1 o’clock yesterday (Tuesday), and you could obviously tell she was upset and had been beat up recently,” Taylor said. “After we found out she was pregnant, we sent her off to Heart Of Florida hospital and the police followed up on the investigation there.”
Glenn, the chief said, is a much larger person than the victim.
“He’s a fairly large individual,” Taylor said. “He’s 6 foot 2, and weighs 200 pounds. She’s a fairly small lady.”
Taylor said his department was not releasing any information about injuries sustained by the woman, except to say “There were some issues between her and her doctor.”
But he did say that “There was enough evidence that we charged him with aggravated battery domestic violence, two counts.”
Glenn was arrested on Tuesday at a home on Pine Street in Davenport. He was arrested without incident, the chief said – although he refused to come outside at first.
“Once he was located, we surrounded the house and he initially didn’t come out,” the chief said. “But we asked for Haines City K9 to come up there, and once the K9 officer showed up, he gave up and came out without a fight.”
Glenn was arrested at 8:18 p.m. by Davenport Police officers with the assistance of Polk County Sheriff’s deputies and the Haines City Police K9 Officer, and transported to the Polk County Jail.
Taylor said that sadly, this is not the first instance he’s seen in his law enforcement career of domestic violence inflicted on a pregnant woman.
“That’s not uncommon,” Taylor said. “Those folks do these things, unfortunately.”
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