Corrections Officer charged with domestic battery

A Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer was arrested early Saturday on Stock Island for domestic battery.

Sheriff’s dispatchers received a call at 3:45 a.m. from a witness who reported a domestic in progress behind the Chevron Station on Stock Island. When deputies arrived, they found the female victim walking down McDonald Avenue. She had visible  bruises on her arms. She revealed to the deputies that her boyfriend, 50 year old Celso Hernandez, had caused the bruising.

While the deputies were talking with the victim, Hernandez called her on the phone. The deputies asked him to return to their location on Stock Island so they could speak with him.

Hernandez told the deputies he and the victim were staying at a hotel in Key West. He said they initially got into an argument at the hotel and she left. He said he followed her and a second altercation happened on Stock Island.

The witness who saw the second altercation said he saw Hernandez grab the victim by the arms and pull her toward his motorcycle. She was able to break away, however, and he left the area.

Hernandez was arrested, charged with domestic battery, and was taken to jail. Hernandez works for the Sheriff’s office as a Corrections Officer at the Plantation Key detention center. He was hired in April of 2002.

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