Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Bexar deputy sheriff accused of knife assault on girlfriend

Bexar County, Texas - A Bexar County deputy sheriff was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly attacking and cutting his girlfriend with a knife.

Police charged Geronimo G. Pena, 28, with assault — bodily injury/married or cohabitation, a class C misdemeanor. The charge was upgraded to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.

Pena posted $15,000 bond and was released Tuesday evening.

Tricia Salazar, 31, Pena's girlfriend, suffered a "small cut" to her right wrist, according to a police report. After cutting Salazar, Pena broke away and cut his own arm, the report stated.

The fray began in the 300 block of Castillo after Pena arrived at Salazar's home. Salazar later told police Pena had been "drinking all day," according to the report.

Pena and Salazar began arguing, and Pena started throwing things at Salazar, breaking lamps and the television set, the report stated. Pena then allegedly grabbed a knife and lunged at Salazar.

According to the report, a witness heard Salazar scream, "Someone help me, he's got a knife."

After a brief struggle, Pena allegedly cut Salazar on her wrist. He then broke away and cut himself on the arms and neck, Salazar told police.

When Pena was arrested at 5 a.m., he had "several scratches to his right forearm that appeared to have been self-inflicted," the report stated. He was treated at University Hospital and then booked.

Pena worked in the Bexar County Detention Center before his arrest.


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