Child’s call to 911 yields arrest of man accused of assaulting woman


A man is accused of assaulting a woman in a Homestead residence on Thursday after a minor in the home called 911. 

Lorenzo D. Blackmon, 40, was arrested on suspicion of assault (domestic violence) and two counts of disorderly conduct (domestic violence), police said. 

At about 7:20 p.m., Maricopa officers responded to West Sanders Way on a report of a disturbance. The reporting party, a minor, told an emergency dispatcher that a woman in the home was being beaten, police said.  

Screaming and yelling could be heard in the background of the call, a probable-cause statement said. The woman then got on the phone and told the dispatcher the argument was only verbal. 

According to Maricopa police, when officers arrived, the woman told them she and Blackmon had been in an argument in a bedroom. The woman denied any physical contact.  Officers observed bloodstains on the woman’s clothing, specks of blood on her face and red marks on her chest and neck, according to the probable-cause statement. 

Police interviewed the minor, who said the woman was calling out and asking for help. The minor went to the bedroom and saw Blackmon on top of the woman, police said. Officers said the minor told them Blackmon had blood running down his nose. The minor also told police Blackmon was holding one of the woman’s hands down while holding her phone in his other hand, according to the probable-cause statement. When officers interviewed Blackmon, he said the argument was only verbal.  

When officers observed a fresh cut on Blackmon’s nose, with blood running, he responded that he accidentally cut himself while shaving an hour-and-a-half earlier, according to police. 

Blackmon was arrested and booked into Pinal County Jail on the charges, police said.

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