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Billerica Police: Man Attacked Ex-Girlfriend With Crucifix

BILLERICA (CBS) – Police arrested a man early Wednesday morning suspected of attacking an ex-girlfriend with a wooden crucifix in Billerica.

According to court documents and Billerica Police this stems from an incident of August 22nd when 39-year-old Torrey Smith broke into his ex-girlfriend's home and assaulted her and her now boyfriend with a wooden crucifix.

Torrey Smith repeatedly shook his head during his arraignment.

The prosecutor detailing the night of August 22nd. "She was attempting to flee the room to get help during her attempt to do so the defendant grabbed her by her legs and dragged her back into the room and began to hit her across the face," she said.

When Billerica police arrived to the home on Tower Farm Road in Billerica, they were met by Amanda Williams, who was bleeding from the nose.

Torrey Smith
Torrey Smith is arraigned on October 3, 2018. (Image Credit: Lisa Gresci/WBZ-TV)

"Officers noticed blood splatter on the carpet bed sheets walls and ceiling of the bedroom," the prosecutor added.

According to the police report, Williams is Smith's ex-girlfriend and the mother of his two children.

She told police Smith broke in and assaulted her and her boyfriend, Elvin Lopez and she tried to call 9-1-1 but Smith smashed her phone with a hammer.

"The defendant dropped the hammer and grabbed a wooden crucifix that was on the wall and hit Mr. Lopez across the face with that crucifix multiple times in the head and face causing part of his nostril to tear off," she added.

Billerica police caught up with Smith Tuesday night.

They say he was a passenger in a vehicle they pulled over. After Smith allegedly tried to lie about who he was, police arrested him on the felony warrants.

"Mr. Smith was charged with mayhem which has a specific requirement that there be some serious protracted injury as a result of the incident and he did have some serious damage to his nose," Deputy Police Chief Roy Frost explained.

His defense attorney asked the judge to consider the other side of the story.

"I think there is more story than what is given your honor," she said.

A message, echoed by a family member.

"There is always two sides to every story," one man said.

Smith is due back in court Tuesday for a dangerousness hearing.

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