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Argument over air conditioning ends with boyfriend arrested for domestic violence

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Jul 12 2013 01:02:13 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2013 01:15:45 PM CDT
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Charles L. Hermann, Jr.

ORLAND, Calif. -

A Glenn County man was arrested on a domestic violence charge after a dispute with his live-in girlfriend.  The victim said the dispute started with an argument over air conditioning.

Deputies were called early Friday morning, and responded to the Shady Oaks Trailer Park north of Orland.

A 60-year-old woman said she had been pushed to the ground and then struck several times by her live-in boyfriend.  The victim told the emergency dispatcher she did not wish medical assistance.  

The victim said it started when her boyfriend, 64-year-old Charles Louis Hermann Jr. of Orland, became upset with her.  The argument started after she left a door open on a 5th wheel, with the air conditioning on, while she went to start a load of laundry.  

An argument escalated.  The victim said Hermann spit in the victim's face, then pushed her backwards with both hands.  The victim to fell into a wooden chest, then fell onto the floor. 

The victim told the investigating deputy Hermann straddled her and began to punch her with both open and closed hands, striking her about the head and upper torso.  

After the attack subsided, the victim said she was able to leave the 5th wheel and go to a neighbor's and ask for a ride to another location.  She stayed  away for several hours and was taken back to the 5th wheel in hopes Hermann would have left.  He had not, so she called the sheriff's office and reported the domestic violence.  

Deputy Corbin observed injuries to the victim which included  large abrasions and lacerations.  The victim refused medical treatment.  

Deputy Corbin made contact with the suspect and he was taken into custody, transported and booked into the Glenn County Jail in Willows for investigation of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant.

The woman was provided victim witness and domestic violence assistance including Marcy's Law information.  She declined an emergency protective order.