Man charged with kidnapping and beating of ex-girlfriend in Arcadia

The Arcadia man caught on Ring surveillance video assaulting his ex-girlfriend has been charged with kidnapping and beating.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said 27-year-old Robert Michael Mendez was charged Wednesday with beating the mother of his two children when she visited his home last month and then prevented her from escaping.

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Mendez faces one count each of kidnapping and criminal threats and three counts of injuring a girlfriend or child's parent. The felony complaint includes an allegation that Mendez "inflicted great bodily injury under circumstances involving domestic violence," the District Attorney's Office said.

Prosecutors say Mendez assaulted the victim on Sept. 29, first at his house, and then as he reportedly dragged her back to the home after she escaped and ran to the area of Santa Anita Avenue and Camino Real Avenue seeking help. It was at this point Mendez caught up to the victim and surveillance video captured the incident.

Authorities say police officers were able to track down the victim and suspect to a home in the 1500 block of S. Santa Anita Avenue where they discovered the injured woman. Police say the victim's injuries were so severe that she needed immediate hospitalization.

The case remains under investigation by the Arcadia Police Department.

Mendez faces a maximum sentence of more than 16 years in state prison. His bail was set at $330,000.