A 25-year-old Troutman man is jailed and faces possible deportation proceedings after he was found inside the residence of a woman he is accused of assaulting earlier, according to the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
Gustavo Armando Hernandez is jailed under $100,000 bond, and the sheriff’s office said he is facing an immigration detainer. The detainer means U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to take custody of Hernandez when his Iredell County case has been completed.
Deputies said Hernandez was arrested Aug. 1 on charges of assaulting a female and interfering with 911 communications. Investigators said the victim reported Hernandez struck her in the face and neck with his closed fist and then kicked her in the ribs.
The woman said that when she tried to call 911, Hernandez pulled the phone cord out of the wall. Hernandez later was released on $25,000 bond, deputies said. He also was given pre-trial release conditions ordering him to stay away from the victim.
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On Aug. 8, sheriff’s Sgt. Katie Harwell went to visit the victim. While speaking to the woman, Harwell said she noticed signs that Hernandez might be there. The sergeant said she found Hernandez hiding in a bedroom closet. That’s when he was arrested a second time, authorities said, and his bond was increased.