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Police: Suspect Climbs Pole To Get Into Ex-Girlfriend’s Home, Attacks Her Boyfriend

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – A Fayetteville man is behind bars after police say he climbed a street pole to get into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and punched her boyfriend in the face 20 times on Thursday (Sept. 11).

Hayden Vernia, 22, was booked into the Washington County Detention Center and faces charges of burglary, third-degree assault on a family member, third-degree battery and interference with emergency communication, according to the jail’s intake report.

On Thursday, around 12 a.m., the victims of the attack were at the West End bar at 339 Northwest Ave when they ran into Vernia. Upon seeing his ex-girlfriend with her current boyfriend, Vernia became extremely angry, according to court documents. To avoid confrontation, the victims left the location and went back to the ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

When the couple got back to the apartment (which is on the second floor), they dead-bolted the front door and went into another room. A knock came at the door of the room they were in, and the ex-girlfriend opened it, thinking it to be one of her roommates, court documents state.

It was not, however, and the person knocking at the door was revealed to be Vernia. He had climbed up a street pole next to the apartment, jumped onto the ex-girlfriend’s balcony and entered the apartment via an unlocked sliding balcony door, according to court documents.

He immediately pushed past her and punched her boyfriend in the face, knocking him down. Then, he proceeded to punch him in the face 20 a total of times, court documents state.

The ex-girlfriend tried to pull Vernia away, but her efforts only led to Vernia’s shirt ripping in her hands, according to court documents.

The ex-girlfriend tried to call 911, but Vernia grabbed the phone out of her hand and cancelled the communication only four seconds into call, court documents state.

After that, Vernia fled the apartment, and the authorities were called, according to court documents.

The victims had separate interviews with police, and each told the same story, court documents state.

The ex-girlfriend said she was “extremely terrified” of Vernia, according to court documents.

She also told police that he had been very violent before, but she had never reported anything, court documents state.

The boyfriend had a cut nose and swollen face from the attack. He later went to a nearby hospital for a CT scan, and hospital staff later told police he also had a concussion from the attack, according to court documents.

Police contacted Vernia on the same day of the attack at 10:20 p.m., asking if he would come to the Fayetteville Police Department to give his side of the story. He was not cooperative and said he would have his lawyer call police, court documents state.

He did not set a date to meet with police or give them his lawyer’s name. He was later arrested, according to court documents.

His first hearing is set for Monday (Sept. 15), court documents state.

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