PD: Man assaults roommate 3 times in month

Posted at 12:48 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 16:39:15-04

A Glendale woman was reportedly assaulted three times in one month by her own roommate.

Court records show that on April 29 a woman went to her home to get her belongings, thinking her roommate was still in jail for assaulting her two weeks prior. Instead, she found him at the home and she was was chased and beaten again, causing her broken ribs and a punctured lung.

Police say that 34-year-old Benjamin Joseph Bellows was arrested and plead guilty to an assault of his roommate that happened on April 14, In that assault Bellows punched the woman in the face several times. The woman, "did not know the suspect had been released from jail" and on April 29, she went to the house, near 67th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, to get her belongings.

The woman told police that she tried to leave the home but Bellows wouldn't allow it. She called 911 but Bellows slapped the phone out of her hand. She fled down the street but Bellows caught her at the end of a cul-de-sac where he reportedly punched and kicked her, breaking several ribs and puncturing a lung. Citizens came to her aid and brought her to the hospital.

Police report that on May 10 the same incident repeated itself, as she went to the home to again get her belongings. Bellows was there again where he assaulted her in the home breaking another rib and trying to strangle her.

Bellows reportedly told police that he "hugged" her, but denied strangling her. He also told police that she "must have caused all of the other injuries to herself, including strangulation."

Bellows is facing multiple charges of aggravated assault.