Paul Jalieba of Tamarac, Florida was arrested Sunday after he sexually assaulted and battered a woman, news sources report. Information regarding the woman's age and identity was not immediately available following the incident. Jalieba, 28, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on two counts of sexual battery, battery, harassing a victim, and resisting an officer without violence. A judge ordered he be held on $110,500 bond. So far, no defense lawyer has commented on behalf of Jalieba.
While the details of the incident are not yet clear, reports say Jalieba began assaulting the victim by striking her in the face with his fist. Jalieba allegedly continued the assault by strangling the victim from behind. The attack came to a halt when the victim stabbed Jalieba in the leg with a culinary knife and used her cell phone to call for help, sources say.
Police transported Jalieba to the Florida Medical Center for treatment, then booked him into the county jail. Reports say the victim sustained contusions and swelling to her face following the attack.
Jalieba was not the only South Florida man booked into jail on assault charges this past week. Charles Vaughn of Lake Worth was arrested after he allegedly smashed 73-year-old Ronald Amodio's windshield, reports say. Vaughn, 43, is also accused of slapping Amodio in the face. Vaughn was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on charges of property damage and battery on a person over 65. He is being held without bail. It is not yet known whether he has hired legal representation.
According to reports, Vaughn works for Amodio in an unspecified capacity. The two were working together prior to the incident. Vaughn left around noon for his lunch break and returned a short while later; when he returned, Amodio reportedly accused him of being drunk. The two engaged in a verbal argument and finished their work. It is not clear whether Vaughn had actually been drinking.
Later, as Amodio was driving Vaughn home, he told the man that he was fired for coming into work intoxicated. Infuriated, Vaughn began to shout. He allegedly tore off the car's rear view mirror and used it to break the windshield. Reports say Vaughn continued to be belligerent as he exited the vehicle and, at one point, slapped Amodio across the face.
Following the incident, Amodio called police and showed them where Vaughn lived. According to reports, when the detectives confronted Vaughn, he "immediately turned around and put his hands behind his back."
In other news, Jose E. Morales of Miami was arrested Thursday for growing marijuana, reports say. Morales, 48, was booked into police custody on charges of using a home for the purposes of trafficking marijuana. It is unclear whether he qualified for bail or hired legal aide.
According to reports, detectives obtained a search warrant and raided Morales's home in the 3700 block of Randall Boulevard in Golden Gate Estates. During that raid, detectives seized 38 marijuana plants, worth around $114,000, and nearly $20,000 worth of equipment. Morales was not home at the time of the raid. Detectives found him at the home a couple weeks later and placed him under arrest.