PALMDALE – A 27-year-old Palmdale man accused of attacking and kidnapping his female roommate for rejecting his advances was charged Friday with multiple felonies.
Omar Oswaldo Hernandez faces one count each of attempted murder, battery with serious bodily injury, criminal threats and kidnapping, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Tuesday, April 8, when Hernandez alleged hit and strangled his roommate after she refused to be in a relationship with him, stated Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson.
Hernandez allegedly struck the woman over the head with an unknown object, knocking her unconscious, sheriff’s officials said.
“When the victim came to, Hernandez began strangling and punching her in the face, causing her to go unconscious again,” stated Palmdale Community Relations deputy Jodi Wolfe.
He then placed the woman in the back of his SUV and drove away, Wolfe stated.
“The victim again gained consciousness and was able to open the rear hatch of the vehicle and jump out of the SUV while it was being driven by Hernandez,” Wolfe stated.
A 14 year-old Good Samaritan spotted the victim, near 25th Street East and Avenue S, and called 9-1-1, according to Wolfe.
The victim was transported to the hospital with severe injuries, sheriff’s officials said.
Hernandez was arrested Wednesday, April 9, and remains jailed on $1 million bail.
He faces a maximum possible sentence of 10-years-to-life in state prison, if convicted on all counts.