On Saturday evening, a Coral Springs man was arrested after allegedly striking his girlfriend on her knee with a machete.
According to the affidavit, Coral Springs Police arrested Asael Rodriguez, 38, of the 9000 block of NW 40th Street after responding to a call by his girlfriend, Adamina Cavaballo, where police noticed a cut approximately one inch long on her right knee and a small scratch approximately three inches long on her face.
Cavaballo, Rodriguez’s girlfriend of four years, said to police that the couple got into an argument and that he became verbally abusive and he stated that he would “chop her head and hands off.” Rodriguez then retrieved a machete from the water heater closet downstairs and hit her in her left thigh with the flat part of the blade. She then exited the rear patio door and Rodriguez took a swing at her with the machete and missed, hitting the screen of the patio outside.
Rodriguez then allegedly told Cavaballo that he was not going to kill her because Cavaballo’s young daughter was in the house. Rodriguez then struck his girlfriend on the left knee, ripping her jeans and causing a gash, according to the report.
Cavaballo contacted police and said she feared for her safety after Rodriguez ran from the house with the machete. A Coral Springs officer detained Rodriguez at the 3800 block of University Drive a few minutes after his description was given over police radio. Police found the machete hidden in a palm tree where it was placed into evidence.
Following the investigation, Rodriguez was placed into custody, transported to Coral Springs Police Department for processing, and then later released over to BSO where he is facing one count of aggravated battery with bodily harm. He is currently being held on a $100,000 bond at the Paul Rein Detention Facility in Pompano Beach.