LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - According to officials with the Lubbock Police Department, around 10:45 this morning, the United States Marshal Service Fugitive Task Force Team Foxtrot arrested 20-year-old Dameon Marmolejo at a house in the 1900 block of Avenue O.
Marmolejo had a warrant for his arrest in connection to a domestic violence case involving his girlfriend. Marmolejo is now at the Lubbock County Detention Center charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury.
Investigators with the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock County Sheriff's Office assisted in the capture of Marmolejo.
Lubbock police say Marmolejo severely beat his ex-girlfriend for adding Snapchat to her phone. The 18-year-old girl was hospitalized and needed multiple staples to close the wound on her head. The victim in this domestic violence case is Solidad Torres, 18, who just graduated from Monterey High School in May.
Her family shared the graphic photos of the injuries with us.
Torres tells KCBD it was her younger sisters who woke her up with the news Thursday morning.
"I was like, 'Oh my goodness. This can't be true. I don't believe it.'," Torres said. "Then, I saw the pictures and I'm like, 'Oh my goodness. He did get caught.'."
A picture of Marmolejo in handcuffs was sent to Torres' mother by the U.S. Marshal Service to confirm his arrest.
Torres said it was instant joy after two months living in fear.
"I was scared," Torres said. "I would have nightmares. I couldn't sleep right. I couldn't go out in public thinking I was being watched. I was scared to go back to work because he knew where I worked. This is just a big relief off of my shoulders."
If there was a silver lining to a frightening two months, Torres says it was the influence her story had on others.
"I had people texting me saying, 'I don't want to live and I want to die.'," Torres said. "I told them my story and how they can basically walk away and don't have to stay."
Now, Torres said she plans on heading back to work, school and beginning a new chapter of her life. She thanks the hard work of all law enforcement involved in the case including Lubbock police, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Marshals. She said they never gave up and neither did the public's help.
"This is a big, dramatic thing that happened in my life and it's going to change it," Torres said. "I felt myself changing for a while but I'm going to help this make me stronger and I'm going to smile even bigger. It's not going to ruin me."
A "Justice for Soli" Domestic Violence Awareness Walk is being organized for October 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Buddy Holly Lake.
The event is free and will provide live music, food for purchase, a zumbathon and other vendors to raise money for Next Generation Dance Company, a local nonprofit raising awareness for domestic violence.
**CAUTION: The following details may be graphic for some readers**
According to the arrest warrant, Marmolejo arrived at Solidad's house on June 17, 2017 and could tell he was angry. When he walked in, her phone flashed that she had a Snapchat message. She told police she had deleted the app after she and Marmolejo started dating. They met through Snapchat.
Marmolejo then became very angry that she downloaded the app again and also told police that he had accused her many times of cheating on him. She told police that is why she deleted her Snapchat previously.
She told police he first slapped her across the face then pushed her. She fell to the floor and he began punching her in her sides and torso. She said she turned over to protect her head and face from being hit. He then began stomping her upper back and the back of her head with his foot. She also said he began calling her vulgar names and accusing her of cheating on him.
The arrest warrant goes on to say she was able to get away from him and run into the bathroom. She was not able to lock the door before he pushed his way in. He then grabbed her and threw her to the ground where he continued to slap and punch her. She told police she was lying next to the tub when he grabbed her by her hair and banged her head against the tub three or four times.
She told police she was not able to feel her face and head, saw the blood and blacked out.
She said she heard Dameon call 911, she opened her eyes and he threw the phone at her before he left.
She received 15 staples in her forehead as well as three stitches.
The warrant says police were able to identify the shoes Marmolejo was wearing from the bruising pattern left on her body.