A Salinas man was arrested on Thursday evening after he allegedly became drunk and was violent toward to woman he has been living with and her son, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office reported. The ordeal took place in a home at 756 N. El Camino Real in northern Salinas that the suspect, 40-year-old Jeremy Aaron Helve, has been sharing with one of the victims, Cherie Leonardini, for about two years, deputies said. Shortly before 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Helve – who had reportedly been drinking alcohol – began a verbal argument with his housemates that became violent, the sheriff’s office said. Helve is accused of punching his girlfriend’s son, Dominic Leonardini, on the right temple, creating a significant bruise to form, deputies said. The younger Leonardini was particularly vulnerable on that part of his head because, due to an old gun shot injury, he has a bullet lodged in his brain right beside his temple, deputies said. Helve also allegedly kicked Dominic Leonardini two or three times, and threw a ceramic bowl at both the Leonardinis, the deputies said. However, he missed both people and simply created a large hole in a wall and shattered the bowl, deputies said. In an effort to keep her boyfriend of two years from attacking her son, Cherie Leonardini was pushed twice by Helve, leaving her with pain in her rib cage, deputies said. Prior to his Thursday arrest, Helve was already on probation for a prior case of domestic violence against Cherie Leonardini, deputies said. Helve was in violation of multiple probation requirements on Thursday, the sheriff’s office said. The stipulations of his probation were to obey all laws, not drink or possess alcohol, and to not hit, threaten, or strike any other person, particularly Cherie Leonardini, deputies said. Helve was booked into the Monterey County Jail on Thursday, deputies said.
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