Benicia police arrested a man on suspicion of punching his girlfriend in the face and threatening to kill her with a gun early Thursday morning, a police lieutenant said. The 23-year-old woman told police her boyfriend, identified as 25-year-old Marcus Gipson, assaulted her at his apartment in the 1000 block of West Fifth Street, Lt. Frank Hartig said.
The victim said Gipson punched her several times in the face, pointed a small handgun at her and threatened to shoot and kill her during the assault, Hartig said. The woman fled Gipson’s apartment and contacted a neighbor who called police, Hartig said. Police responded around 1:50 a.m. The victim and Gipson have been dating about six months, and the woman sometimes lives with Gipson at his apartment, accordint to Hartig.
Police got an emergency protective order from a Solano County judge and a warrant to search Gipson’s apartment. Gipson was arrested at his apartment around 3:15 p.m. Thursday for domestic violence. A .22-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun loaded with five rounds of ammunition was recovered from Gipson’s apartment, Hartig said. Gipson, who is on probation for a previous DUI conviction, was booked into the Solano County jail.
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