Martin, TN man charged with hitting girlfriend in head with cooking pan

Lawrence Rodriguez

MARTIN, TN — A Martin, Tennessee man has been charged with assault after allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

On Saturday around 11: 15 p.m., Martin police were called to a home in the 300 block of Elm Street on report of a fight.

Edna Shepard told police that her boyfriend, 49-year-old Lawrence Rodriguez, had come home intoxicated and started a verbal fight with her.

During the fight, Shepard said Rodriguez hit her in the head with a cooking pan, hit her in the mouth, bit her right thumb, and threatened her with a makeshift machete.

Rodriguez also pushed Shepard down and tried to punch her in the face, causing him to cut his hand on the tile floor.

Officers saw the injuries on Shepard, including teeth marks on her right thumb. A makeshift machete was also found on the front porch.

Rodriguez told police that Shepard had accused him of cheating and attacked him. He said during the fight, she hit him multiple times.

While police saw the cut on Rodriguez’s hand, they did not see any of the injuries he was describing.

Officers found Rodriguez to be the primary aggressor and charged him with aggravated domestic assault. He was arrested and taken the the Weakley County Detention Center.

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