A Florida man faces multiple charges after allegedly beating, molesting and using a knife to threaten his pregnant girlfriend in an attempt to kill their baby.
Joseph Bernard J. Combs, 20, of Gainesville, Florida, was arrested Friday on charges of attempted murder, exploitation battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and kidnapping.
Police said the incident started when Combs went to the his 19-weeks’ pregnant girlfriend’s home early Friday morning.
The woman, who had been dating Combs for about a year, was on the phone when he arrived.
Combs then allegedly grabbed the woman by her hair and dragged her to the living room, where he punched her and kicked her in the stomach multiple times. He was said to have then pulled her – again by her hair – upstairs, where he continued to punch and kick her in the belly.
Police said that the woman attempted to run back downstairs, but that Combs caught her and started to punch and slap her in the head.
When he saw that the woman was bleeding from a small cut on her head, Combs allegedly tried to wipe up the blood with napkins, before beating her again, while saying ‘I’m sorry, but I have to kill the baby.’
Then, Combs was said to have held a four-inch folding knife to the woman’s throat, at which point the woman reportedly said: ‘I’ll do anything, but don’t take my life.’
According to police, Combs told the woman to ‘do it to yourself,’ ordering her to slit her wrists – specifying that she cut vertically, instead of horizontally ‘for results.
When the pregnant and battered woman made a move to comply, he allegedly told her to stop and then molested her.
When police arrived at the scene, they said the woman had extensive bruising on her stomach, as well as bruising on both arms, her shins and her right breast. She also had a swollen jaw and a bloody eye.
It’s unclear how the incident ended or what the status of the baby is.
Combs was booked into Alachua County Jail early Saturday morning. He is being held on $3.5million bail.