Man accused of beating girlfriend at work appears in court, apologizes for actions

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A man accused of beating up his girlfriend while at work in Harriman appeared before a judge for the first time Thursday.

Jay Vasquez Paulino didn't comment on the four charges against him, but did take a moment to stop and apologize for his actions as he left Harriman Village Court.

"I apologize to everybody, to my family, to her, to everybody," says Vasquez Paulino. "I apologize for real. I feel so bad about it, I wish I could go back."

News 12 caught up with a remorseful Jay Vasquez Paulino outside of Harriman Village Court Thursday night where he went before a judge, facing 4 charges in connection to the attack that happened at his now-former place of work.

The assault that took place in January was captured on surveillance video. The video appears to show him repeatedly punching and kicking his girlfriend at Superior Package Company in front of dozens of people. The video also appears to show him take a 12-inch kitchen knife from his backpack and slip it up his shirt.

In court, he asked for a public defender. The judge reminded him there is an order of protection ordering him to stay 500 feet away from the woman he is charged with attacking.

Vasquez Paulino was arrested following the incident, but was released because of the state's new bail reform law and raising concerns for groups that assist victims of domestic violence.

The new law limits which crimes can be eligible to set bail and some believe that puts people who may pose danger back on the streets too quickly.

Vasquez Paulino's next court date is scheduled for March 19.

 

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