Anthony Benavente threatens to break his girlfriend's neck while on pretrial release

By Troy Torres

(Tumon, Guam) A stay-away order from a judge to not contact, hit, harass, or annoy his girlfriend didn’t keep 35-year-old Anthony Salas Benavente, Jr. away from her. He is on pretrial release in his 2018 family violence case.

Police responded to his girlfriend around 9 p.m. two nights ago. She was frightened and crying. Since Saturday, September 28, Mr. Benavente had been yelling, screaming at, and threatening to beat up his girlfriend, when she was dropping him off to his brother’s house. He continued to text and call her phone, accusing and threatening her.

A couple minutes before she called police the evening of October 1, she saw Mr. Benavente hiding in the dark near her home as she was driving out of her residence. She saw him get into another car and follow her. She drove to Mr. Benavente’s aunt’s home in Dededo, hoping she would protect her. While still inside her parked car, she locked her doors and he began banging on the window, yelling that he would break her truck and break her neck.

The woman told police she believes he would carry out his threats because he’s beaten her in the past.

Prosecutor Brendalynn Joseph, in her declaration of probable cause, accuses Mr. Benavente of violation of a court order as a misdemeanor, and harassment as a petty misdemeanor.

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