Lubbock man found guilty of beating pregnant girlfriend

Updated: Mar. 22, 2017 at 4:59 PM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock County Judge found 30-year-old Jacob Pauda guilty of domestic assault with a prior conviction of domestic assault.

In February of 2016, Pauda's pregnant girlfriend called the police, claiming Pauda had assaulted her and threatened her with a knife.

The responding officer reported she had a large bruise on the left side of her face, a swollen lip, a swollen cheek, a bruise over her eye, and more bruises on her arm.

The woman told police she was a couple of months pregnant with Pauda's child.

She said the fight started when she noticed Pauda acting strangely at their home and asked him if he had used any drugs.

Pauda allegedly admitted he had used cocaine.

His girlfriend said one of Pauda's friends came over and joked about the baby not being his, that she had cheated on him while he was in jail in December of 2015.

Pauda's girlfriend said as soon as the friend left, he began punching her in the face.

She said she tried to scratch him to fight back, but Pauda said, "Don't try to scratch me or it will be worse for you."

She told police she tried to kick him, but he continued to punch her in the face before grabbing a butcher knife from the kitchen.

Pauda reportedly chased her around the bedroom with the knife, eventually dropping it.

She said he grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground where he proceeded to kick her in the face.

She told police Pauda then went into the kitchen where he grabbed a butcher knife and started chasing his girlfriend around the house.

Pauda reportedly threw a phone at her and told her to call her mother to come pick her up.

While on the phone with her mother, she said Pauda slammed her head into the bed rail multiple times.

He then grabbed his two sons and left the home.

Pauda was previously convicted of domestic assault in March of 2010.

According to the police report in that case, in January of 2009, Pauda's ex-girlfriend reported that he attacked her and demanded she allow him to see his children.

She told police they have two children together, so she allowed him to come inside the home where she told police he physically assaulted every day.

She said on January 12, 2009 Pauda accused her of being unfaithful and began punching her in in the face and head, causing her to fall to the floor and lose consciousness.

She reported he had an Allen wrench in his hand when he punched her.

A couple of days later, they got into another argument when Pauda reportedly accused her of being unfaithful while he was in prison.

That argument led to him hitting her with some sort of club.

She told police the only reason he stopped hitting her was because the club began to fall apart.

The officer reported the woman having a black eye, a swollen left cheek, a scratch on her chest, and multiple scratches and bruises on her arm, shoulder and legs.

The judge said he will determine Pauda's sentencing on the 2016 crime Thursday afternoon.

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