TRAVERSE CITY — Leelanau County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Suttons Bay man for domestic violence, assault with a dangerous weapon and interfering with electronic communications after a verbal argument with his girlfriend turned physical.
The woman, 22, called 911 on Dec. 4 at 9:45 p.m. to report that the Bernardo Gonzalez, 34, punched her in the arm, hit her in the face and held her down by her throat during an argument, Leelanau County Undersheriff Steve Morgan said.
"He told the female that he should have killed his ex-girlfriend and he wasn't going to make that mistake again," Morgan said.
Gonzalez smashed the woman's cellphone and then pulled out his pocket knife and began sharpening it on a knife sharpener. The woman ran to a neighbor's house to call 911, and he chased after her before fleeing the scene.
The couple's two children, 2 and 11 months, were at home during the altercation but were not harmed, Morgan said.
Gonzalez returned home while deputies were interviewing the victim and was taken into custody. He's scheduled to be arraigned Friday.