An Arcadia man caught on video dragging his ex-girlfriend off the porch of his home pleaded no contest Wednesday to attacking the woman, with whom he shares two children.
Robert Michael Mendez, 28, is facing four years in state prison in connection with his plea to one count of injuring a girlfriend or child’s parent, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He is set to be sentenced Nov. 10 at the Pasadena courthouse.
Mendez attacked the victim when she visited his home last Sept. 29, according to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Tanner. Mendez followed her when she tried to escape and dragged her back to the home while beating her, the prosecutor said.
Police were sent a link to the home security video the following day and determined the attack had occurred late the night before, according to the Arcadia Police Department.
The video showed the victim running up to a home near Santa Anita and Camino Real avenues, followed seconds later by Mendez, who grabbed her by a hand and, as she fell to the ground screaming, dragged her off the home’s front porch and out of view.
Officers scoured the area and found the “significantly injured” woman on Sept. 30 in a house in the 1500 block of South Santa Anita Avenue, according to police. Mendez was also in the home and was taken into custody, and the victim was taken to a hospital, police said.