Maricopa police arrested Alphonso Ervin, 46, Sunday afternoon on suspicion of domestic violence assault in Alterra.
Officers were dispatched to a residence on West Sage brush Drive after receiving a call from Ervin’s wife stating he had punched her in the face. Upon arriving, police made contact with Ervin first.
He told police he and his wife were in a verbal argument prior to their arrival regarding his brother “messing up” the blinds on their back patio door, according to the report. He went on to explain that his brother had lived with them for approximately four years, and his wife has multiple issues with him.
Ervin claimed that while they were arguing, he threw a plastic cup of water toward his wife but did not actually hit her with either the water or cup. He told police his wife scratched her own face from her forehead to her chin and claimed he had never touched her or hit her.
Officers identified a scratch under the woman’s eye and a bump with fresh blood on her eyebrow.
The woman’s recollection involved Ervin throwing a whole garlic clove at her, hitting her in the eye and causing the eyebrow injury. Ervin allegedly also threw a jar of pimentos at her, striking her thigh.
When attempting to leave the room, she said, she was slapped in the face by Ervin. Officers were able to observe a garlic clove on the ground as well as the shattered jar of pimentos.
Police determined the injuries to the woman were not consistent with Ervin’s statement. He was placed under arrest for domestic assault and booked in Pinal County Jail.