Police: Photos Documenting Domestic Assault Lead to Additional Violence

Miguel Angel Diaz Ruiz, 34, of Arlington, was arrested and charged Thursday night.

A 34-year-old Arlington man has been arrested following an alleged domestic dispute over cell phone camera photos of a past alleged domestic dispute.

Miguel Angel Diaz Ruiz has been charged with two counts of domestic assault and battery and one count of robbery following an incident in the 900 block of South Buchanan Street in the Barcroft neighborhood.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday, Diaz Ruiz attacked his girlfriend in an attempt to take her phone, according to the Arlington County Police Department.

The two had been arguing about the phone, which contained photographs documenting an alleged previous domestic assault involving Diaz Ruiz attacking the woman, according to police.

Diaz Ruiz wanted to delete the photos; the woman did not, according to police.

"He discovered it, and did not like the fact that they were on there. That's when it escalated," police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.

The man knocked his girlfriend to the ground and kicked her, according to police. He then ripped the woman's jacket pocket, took her phone and ran away.

Police found him a short time later, Sternbeck said.

The phone was recovered with the photos intact, he said. Authorities will incorporate those photos into their investigation.


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