A man pistol-whipped the mother of his child before he threatened to force her to strip and left her in an unfamiliar South Side neighborhood early today, police said.
Jose Torreblanca, who turned 21 on Thursday, was angry because the woman had embarrassed him on his birthday at a club near 47th Street and Pulaski Road in the Archer Heights neighborhood.
“You embarrassed me, now I’m going to embarrass you,” Torreblanca told the woman, 18, according to a police report.
While in his Dodge Durango, he beat her in the face and forehead with his fist and a pistol, then ordered her out of the SUV in the South Shore neighborhood near 71st Street and Clyde Avenue and ordered her to strip, police said.
He told her she was “lucky you’re my baby’s mama or I’d kill you,” according to the police report. He drove off without making her strip, police said.
Torreblanca weighs 237 pounds and is 5-foot-8, police said. The woman weighs 100 pounds less and is 8 inches shorter, police said.
A passerby saw the woman and offered to help, putting the woman in her car and driving her to a hospital. They flagged down a beat car on the way and the woman was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, police said.
She suffered swelling, cuts and bruises on her face and head, police said.
The officer put out a “flash” message with a partial plate description and the Dodge SUV was curbed a short time later, police said. Torreblanca was arrested about 12:25 a.m. in the 400 block of East 73rd Street, police said.
Officers found blood and a gun inside the SUV, police said. The gun contained four live rounds, Cook County state's attorney's office spokesman Andy Conklin said.
Torreblanca, of the 2600 block of South Tripp Avenue, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and domestic battery, as well as driving on a suspended license and possession of ammunition without valid firearm identification, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.
Court records show Torreblanca had been ordered released on a signature bond Wednesday after he was arrested for violation of probation in two criminal cases: aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in 2009 and a 2010 case in which he pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in a public place.
A condition of the signature bond was that Torreblanca report to an inpatient substance-abuse treatment center on Thursday, according to court records.
Torreblanca also was arrested in 2009 on a domestic battery charge but the case was dropped in 2011, according to court records.
Torreblanca was ordered held without bail after prosectuors alleged another violation of probation had been committed in this morning's incident, Conklin said. Torreblanca is scheduled to appear in Cook County Domestic Violence Court Branch 64 on Nov. 2.
Tribune reporter Liam Ford contributed
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