A Springdale man was arrested on suspicion of punching his girlfriend in the face repeatedly while she drove him in her car on Sunday (May 18), according to court documents.
The man was identified as Isaias Castanon, 38. Court documents state that he and his girlfriend of five months were involved in a verbal fight at a bar on Dickson Street in Fayetteville when they left and continued to fight near her vehicle.
That was when Castanon kicked her car several times causing $1,000 worth of damage, according to the documents. The passenger door was damaged to the point of not functioning properly.
The argument continued as she drove him north on Highway 71B in Fayetteville.
While driving at approximately 40 mph, he said he was going to leave her, but he was going to “beat” her first. That was when he began to hit her in the face several times with a closed fist, according to court documents.
The victim said after the first few hits she blacked out for a moment.
He kept hitting her as she continued to drive. At one point, she stopped the car to call 911, but Castanon grabbed the phone from her hand and hit her several more times in the face, the court documents state.
When police arrived at the vehicle, it was 1:35 a.m.
Castanon had blood on his hands, clothing and ear. He said he didn’t hit the victim, and the blood on him came from police beating him “because he was Mexican.” He also said he couldn’t be charged with domestic battery because he wasn’t in a home, according to court documents.
Authorities on scene noticed injuries to the victim’s face, court documents state.
Castanon was booked into the Washington County Detention Center and faces charges of aggravated assault, criminal mischief – first degree, domestic battery – third degree, interference with emergency communications and terroristic threatening – 2nd degree.