A man accused of sticking a handgun to the head of his live-in girlfriend and punching her in the face is in jail after failing to appear in court last week.
Anthony J. Terrigino Jr., 35, has been arrested after failing to make his scheduled court appearance last Tuesday. He is charged with aggravated domestic assault for an incident which took place Feb. 3.
According to the warrant for Terrigino’s arrest, officers responded to an apartment on Yager Road around 11:30 p.m. after a female called 911 to say she had been struck in the head and had barricaded herself in the bathroom. Upon arrival, McMinnville Police officer Austin Edwards noticed belongings from inside the home scattered around the front porch as if they had been thrown out.
After calling out, officer Edwards found the victim still barricaded in the bathroom. Terrigino had fled.
“Officer Edwards observed the victim to be extremely disheveled and crying,” the arrest warrant says. “She was observed to have swelling to her right cheek and a black right eye.”
The officer learned the victim and Terrigino had been dating for approximately nine months and shared the apartment together. The victim said the altercation erupted when she looked outside to see what neighbors were doing and that angered Terrigino.
The warrant says, “At one point, Terrigino put a handgun to the back of her head and stated he would kill her.”
It’s not the first time Terrigino is accused of assaulting his girlfriend. In 2015, he was sentenced to a year in jail after reportedly choking his girlfriend after an argument over religion escalated.
When the victim in that case called 911, Terrigino reportedly told her he would kill her and her family if she put him in jail.