TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls woman in search of her boyfriend who stopped texting her, found the man in bed with another woman and then viciously attacked her boyfriend’s lover, punching and kicking the victim so brutally she broke the victim’s nose and opened a cut on her head that required 10 staples, police said.
Alicia Marie Hernandez, 24, was arraigned Friday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court on a felony count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.
Police say Hernandez attacked her victim in the pre-dawn hours Oct. 29 at a house party on Washington Street South, though Hernandez told investigators she only hit the other woman out of fear she would be attacked.
The victim, named only by her initials in the criminal complaint, said the attack happened about 2:30 a.m., court documents said. The victim said she was in a bedroom at the party “making out” with a man when Hernandez “began banging on the windows and doors.”
The victim said Hernandez then came inside the house and began punching her in the face and head, and when the victim fell down, Hernandez kicked her repeatedly, court documents said. Other people at the party came in to break up the fight and the victim ran to the kitchen where a friend tended to her injuries, but the attack reportedly still wasn’t over.
“Hernandez then came into the kitchen, grabbed (the victim) by her hair and hit her in the head several times, causing a large laceration to her scalp which later required ten staples to close,” a detective wrote in a sworn affidavit.
The victim went to the emergency room to be treated for her injuries and “reported that she also suffered a broken nose which would require corrective surgery in order to prevent breathing problems in the future,” the detective wrote. Officers also observed bruising and swelling on her upper lip, nose and left eye.
Hernandez voluntarily went to the Twin Falls police department to be interviewed, where she told officers she was searching for her boyfriend at the house party because he stopped texting her earlier that night, court documents said. Hernandez said she found her boyfriend in bed with the other woman but only struck her in self-defense out of fear the other woman would attack her.
A warrant for Hernandez was issued Nov. 18 and she was arrested the day after Thanksgiving. The same day, she posted $5,000 bond and is out of custody awaiting a Dec. 9 preliminary hearing.