A Frederick man was held without bail Monday after police said he swung a knife at his girlfriend during a domestic assault.
Wilfredo Mejia-Romero, 24, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, concealment of a dangerous weapon and intent to injure with a dangerous weapon.
Mejia-Romero, of the 500 block of Primus Court, was arrested Saturday morning after police responded to a call for a domestic assault.
Mejia-Romero’s girlfriend had minor bruises and scratches on her arms and neck, according to charging documents. She told police that she and Mejia-Romero had been fighting.
She said Mejia-Romero hit her in the face with a backpack, threw her into the woods along North McCain Drive, then threw her into a nearby body of water, according to the charging documents.
The woman told police that Mejia-Romero punched her in the face about four times and swung a knife at her about four times, according to charging documents.
The woman said Mejia-Romero tried to flee when they saw the emergency lights on the approaching patrol car, at which point she grabbed him so that he could not leave, according to charging documents.
Mejia-Romero told police that he and the woman were arguing and that she was upset and following him.
Mejia-Romero told police that no assault had taken place.
In a bail hearing on Monday, Assistant State’s Attorney Tyler Cejka asked that, given the seriousness of the charges, Mejia-Romero be denied bail.
Assistant Public Defender Alex Hutt asked Judge Earl Bartgis Jr. to give his client a chance to be released.
Hutt said Mejia-Romero has lived in Frederick for five years and currently lives with family members and has both a high school diploma and community college credits.
He also said Mejia-Romero has been employed for about a year, but has been unable to work for about three weeks due to an injury.
Hutt asked that the woman’s account be taken with “a grain of salt,” and questioned why she felt “comfortable” keeping Mejia-Romero from leaving after being hit with a backpack and swung at with a knife.
Bartgis said Mejia-Romero could pose too great a danger to the woman or the community and refused bail. Mejia-Romero’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 23.