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Suspect in reported bleach attack testifies

Sergio Jimenez-Leon During His Arrest Sergio Jimenez-Leon During His Arrest
Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office Source: Muscogee County Sheriff's Office

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A man accused of pouring bleach on his girlfriend's face says she made the story up because she thought he was cheating on her.

Sergio Jimenez-Leon, a 31-year-old plumber, pleaded not guilty to Aggravated Assault and Terroristic Threats during his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Columbus.

Jimenez's 19-year-old girlfriend told Columbus Police he attacked her Friday night at their home on Hawthorne Drive, off of South Lumpkin Road. She says he came home drunk and became angry with her, striking her in the head with his right elbow. The blow forced her to hit her head on a towel rack and in a semi-conscious state, she fell down in the hallway. She says she realized Jimenez was standing over her and said "Stop acting like you're dead" as he began to pour a liquid substance she believed to be bleach on her face.

The victim says she came to and felt her eyes burning. When she went to the living room to grab her phone to call 911 she says her boyfriend grabbed her and dragged her into the kitchen, threatening to kill her several times. She grabbed her 11-month-old baby and ran to a neighbor's house for help.

A neighbor told officers she got home and found the teen in her driveway. When the victim told her that her boyfriend was trying to kill her, she called 911 for her.

Police say Jimenez drove off in his Escalade. He was arrested the next day when he came back to his home.

During his preliminary hearing, responding police officers told the judge they found an open gallon bottle of Clorox bleach on the kitchen counter inside the couple's home when they arrived and a puddle of bleach beside it. However, the officers tell WTVM the victim did not have any burns on her face or eyes. She refused to be taken the hospital. The neighbor who called 911 for her tells News Leader 9 it was dark when the woman asked her for help and she has cataracts so she could not see her face.

In court, Jimenez told the judge he had an argument with his girlfriend because she thought he was with another girl. He says she told him "You're going to be sorry" and he left, not knowing she called police. When he came back to the house the next day, she wasn't there and he was arrested.

A judge granted Jimenez a $5000 bond on his aggravated assault charge and a $2500 bond on his Terroristic Threats charge.

The victim is staying with family and friends out of state. Police say the couple moved to Columbus a month ago.

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