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Article posted: 6/15/2013 11:51 AM

Arlington Heights man charged with felony battery


A 26-year-old Arlington Heights man is charged with felony aggravated domestic battery and unlawful restraint after authorities said he attacked his girlfriend at a home near Arlington Heights several days ago and refused to let her leave.

Emanuel Bentley is being held at the Cook County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.

Sheriff's officials said the woman told investigators that she had been punched, strangled and burned with lit cigarettes over the course of several days before escaping June 10 by telling Bentley that she had to go to the store. She went to a relative's house and called police instead.

Investigators said the woman told them that days before her escape from the house on the 2300 block of Nichols Road, Bentley punched her in the eye during a domestic dispute. When she tried to leave, he took her phone and prevented her from going. She said Bentley pushed her and choked her, according to a sheriff's office news release.

A few days after the first attack she tried to leave again, but Bentley prevented her escape again, biting her forearm and burning her wrist with a cigarette, according to the release.

Bentley remains behind bars. His next court date is slated for July 5.

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