Police apprehended a Ridgewood man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend and his current companion during several recent domestic disputes.
Nicholas Sandoval, 29, of 64th Place allegedly assaulted his 29-year-old former girlfriend at 6 p.m. on July 24 at the corner of 68th Avenue and 65th Place.
According to the criminal complaint that the Queens District Attorney’s office provided, Sandoval confronted his ex and engaged her in a verbal dispute. Seconds later, he allegedly struck her on the right cheek, knocking her to the ground.
Police said Sandoval allegedly grabbed the woman by her neck and choked her briefly, then dragged her by her hair across the ground. When the victim pulled out her cellphone and attempted to call 911, authorities said, Sandoval allegedly ripped the phone out of her hand and hung up, then stomped on her torso.
The victim sustained a litany of minor injuries including scrapes on her left shoulder, right elbow and right forearm.
The criminal complaint noted that Sandoval, in confronting and attacking the victim, violated a court order of protection issued in October 2017 after he pleaded guilty to assault.
Law enforcement sources said the second assault occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 12 inside of Sandoval’s home, where he got into an argument with his 41-year-old girlfriend.
During the dispute, authorities said, Sandoval placed one of his hands around her neck and began choking her, causing the woman to suffer dizziness from lack of breathing, as well as bruising.
Four nights later, at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 16, Sandoval allegedly attacked her again during another argument. According to the criminal complaint, he allegedly grabbed his girlfriend by the hair, pulled her toward him and bit her nose, causing a laceration as well as swelling to her right eye.
Officers from the 104th Precinct responding to the Aug. 16 incident took Sandoval into custody. Following further investigation, he was charged with multiple counts including third-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, harassment, criminal mischief and criminal contempt.
According to court records, Sandoval was ordered held on a combined $11,000 bail at his Aug. 16 hearing in Queens Criminal Court.
If you’re a victim of domestic violence, there is help. Call 911 to report an assault in progress, and call the city’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-621-HOPE.