Beating survivor says part of her never left bathroom where she hid for 16 hours

She asked the judge to give her former boyfriend one year in prison for every hour she was trapped in a bathroom hiding from him. She was there for 16 hours after he attacked her.

a man standing in front of a building: Curtis Scott was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday after beating his former girlfriend in 2019.

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Curtis Scott was sentenced to 22 years in prison Friday after beating his former girlfriend in 2019.

On Friday, Curtis Scott was sentenced to that and more. He will serve 19 years in prison for felonious assault, kidnapping and abduction, plus another three years for a weapons charge.

In an incident caught by surveillance cameras, Scott brutally beat his then-girlfriend Brenda Luper in the hallway of a West End apartment in July 2019.

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The video shows him punching her in the face, dragging her by her hair, stomping on her head and slamming her body on the concrete for eight minutes.

After she was dragged back to the apartment, she hid in a bathroom eventually clawing her way through a wall to get help, prosecutors said.

“On July 11 when I was rescued, a piece of me never left the bathroom,” Luper told Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Jody Luebbers Friday.

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Wearing large earrings emblazed with the word “Survivor,” Luper said at first, she wasn’t sure he deserved a long sentence despite causing “the worst day of my life.”

“Even though I know that he had just tried to kill me, the inner person inside of me wouldn’t allow me to hate him enough for him to go to jail for a long time,” Luper said. “After coming here today and hearing him

Window installer spied on N.J. family with camera he hid in bathroom, cops say

A home-improvement contractor was arrested after a Bergen County family he worked for said they found a small camera hidden in the wall of their bathroom, authorities said Wednesday.

Romeo Sanchez, 47, of West New York, was hired to replace a window in the family’s Paramus home in August, according to Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg.

After working in the home, Sanchez told family members he would return another time to finish putting in the window, Ehrenberg said.

One of the family members called police on Aug. 25 to report “they had found a suspicious electronic device” in the bathroom, Ehrenberg said.

“The device was later determined to be a micro camera with a micro SD memory card that had been secreted in the bathroom wall,” Ehrenberg said.

A police detective accessed the memory card and found video clips of the family’s bathroom along with videos of a bathroom in another home, Ehrenberg said.

Paramus police investigators said they tracked down Sanchez and interviewed him about the device on Sept. 17.

Sanchez admitted placing the camera in the family’s bathroom and that he had planned to retrieve it when he returned to finish the window job, Ehrenberg said.

The contractor also told investigators that the other bathroom videos were from a home in Wayne where he had also been hired to work, Ehrenberg said.

Sanchez was arrested, charged with one count of invasion of privacy and released pending a court hearing.

Police said they were able to identify victims in the other case and alerted the Wayne Police Department of their findings.

Paramus police are asking anyone with further information or who feels they may have been a victim to call Detective Mark Pinajian at 201-262-3400 ext. 1429.

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Family hid in bathroom as man ripped window from frame, threatened to shoot, records allege | Latest Headlines

In his latest case, Cross is accused of approaching his ex-girlfriend as she arrived at her Hammond apartment Sept. 17 with her 3-year-old daughter and her child’s father.

Cross allegedly told the woman, who recently left Cross to go back to the child’s father, he wasn’t ready to end their relationship, federal court records state.

Cross had a gun, which he placed in his waistband as he spoke with the child’s father, records state.

Cross left, but the couple later awoke to hear Cross yelling at their front door, according to documents.

They saw Cross walking back to a white Audi, but he returned and began attempting to force open their bedroom window, records allege.

The woman told police she saw Cross outside the window pointing a gun at her. The man told police he attempted to pull the window back into place after Cross damaged it, but ran back to the bathroom and laid in a bathtub with his child after seeing Cross at the window.

The couple heard pounding on the bathroom door, and Cross threatened to shoot if they didn’t open it, records state.

The woman told police Cross must have heard she was on the phone with police, because he left just before officers arrived.

Gary officers later found Cross slumped over the wheel of a white Audi in the 1100 block of West 11th Avenue, records state.

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