SAN JUAN – A San Juan man was arrested Sunday morning after assaulting his wife and throwing their baby against the wall during an intoxicated rage, police said.
But it was not long before San Juan police had to return to the couple’s home the 200 block of West Seventh Street. As the victims were being treated for their injuries, a neighbor allegedly invaded and burglarized their home.
The suspect’s wife called San Juan police at 9:30 a.m. Sunday after her common-law husband, Juan Jose Chupin, 28, had assaulted her throughout the night, Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said.
The husband came home drunk at around 2 a.m., Gonzalez said, and when his wife asked him where he had been, he began to assault her.
Gonzalez said the suspect assaulted his wife on-and-off throughout the night by punching and kicking her several times, holding her underneath cold shower water and cutting her hair with a kitchen knife.
At one point, Chupin grabbed the couple’s 18-month-old child and threw him against their bedroom wall. The child’s face struck the trim of the bedroom window, but sustained only injuries to his left eye.
The two victims were transported to McAllen Medical Center, where the wife was treated for a fractured nose and severe bruising to her face, back and chest.
The wife managed to call police after her husband got into the shower, Gonzalez said.
“When the officers got there (the husband) said, ‘I already took a shower, so I’m ready to go,’” Gonzalez said. “That’s how callous these individuals are.”
Chupin has been charged with aggravated assault and injury to a child. He was arraigned Monday and given $100,000 cash bond for each offense.
“The sad thing was (the wife) was a victim of a double crime,” Gonzalez said.
When the wife and child returned home, Gonzalez said she found a neighbor inside her kitchen. The wife called police after finding Mario Carlos Hernandez, 30, who had just cooked something and was eating some of her food. Gonzalez said he had also stolen a few items from the house.
Hernandez was arrested on burglary charges and given $50,000 cash bond.
Nick Pipitone covers McAllen, PSJA, the Mid-Valley and general assignments for The Monitor. He can be reached at (956) 683-4446.