MORAIMA BETANCOURT, IN “INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP,” POINTS GUN AT MAN’S HEAD WHILE ARGUING…
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton woman called police and told them she held a gun to her “intimate” partner’s head. When police arrived, they determined there was no reason for her to hold the man at gunpoint and arrested her. The 27-year-old resident of the Allure apartments (6720 Congress) is now facing an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
This is the official narrative filed by Boca Raton Police in Betancourt’s arrest report for the incident that occurred outside Allure just before 4 a.m. Thursday morning. The report was just processed and obtained by BocaNewsNow.com.
Officers arrived on scene and saw a W/M fitting the above description sitting on the curb near a black truck, Officers detained the W/M and no weapons were located on his person. The W/M was later identified by his FLDL, he will be referred to as V1. officers went to speak with the alleged victim, Betancourt outside the apartment complex.
Batancourt told me the following: She has known V1 for approximately a week and have been in an intimate relationship. on 08/11/2022 V1 and Betancourt went on a date and when they came back to 6720 Congress Avenue they got into an argument. Betancourt advised as she was getting out of the vehicle, V1 took her belonging (cellphone and keys) from the cupholder. Betancourt began to ask for the items back and V1 stated no because he wanted to talk. V1 threw her keys within the vehicle and Betancourt asked for her phone. She stated V1 began to drive off, with her inside the vehicle, inside the parking lot. Betancourt stated V1 began to drive away, and she pulled out her firearm from her purse. Betancourt stated they “struggled for the firearm and V1 eventually took possession of the firearm from the struggle.
Betancourt held her hand up to her throat stating V1 pointed the gun at her face and stated “You wanna see what I was like.” He then stopped the vehicle, she jumped out and ran to her neighbor’s door. It should be noted that Betancourt originally told me she pointed her firearm at V1 because she wanted to obtain her property back and not in self-defense. When I started to ask more in-depth questions, she changed her response to self-defense. I asked again why she pulled out her firearm and she stated, “because I thought he was going to fucking hit me.” I asked her why she thought he was going to hit her and she stated, “because he was yelling at me and told me he wasn’t going to give me my shit back and it wasn’t okay to walk out on an argument.”
She then stated, “I didn’t ” know what else to do, I couldn’t leave he had all my shit.” When I asked her for her side of the incident again, she changed her response to V1 held the door as he drove off with the phone in one hand and him holding the door in the other. Batancourt had injuries to the webbing of her left hand (near her thumb) which are consistent with someone racking the slide of a firearm. She did not tell officers she racked the slide of the firearm until later in the investigation when asked.
I spoke to V1 who told me the following: They have been in an intimate relationship for approximately 8 days and have seen each other every day since. Tonight, they went out and when they came back to her residence, they had an argument in the parking lot. While in the parking lot she was getting out of the vehicle, and he grabbed her cellphone from the cupholder. V1 stated she ‘freaked out’ and pulled her firearm out of her purse.
She “racked’ the slide and pointed it at his head. While the firearm was pointed at his head she demanded for her phone. V1 said at this point, the phone was dropped somewhere inside the vehicle.
V1 stated he was in fear for his life and grabbed the firearm out of her hands. Betancourt then jumped out of the vehicle and ran to the apartment building. He tried to tell an unknown male to take her property to her but refused. The unknown male in the parking lot was never discovered. V1 then went to her apartment (208) and placed her belongings under her doormat. When I asked V1 about Betancourt alleging him putting the firearm up to her face he stated he did not do that. He also advised he never held the door closed so she could not get out of the vehicle.
Based on the investigation conducted, there were conflicting statements with no independent witnesses; however, it was determined that the temporary taking of the phone in an attempt to keep Batancourt within the vehicle, did not constitute a response of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Therefore, probable cause was established to charge Betancourt with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon pursuant to F. S.s.784.021 (1A)
Moraima Betancourt was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and charged with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (but) without the intent to kill.” She was released on her own recognizance and is now waiting an initial court hearing.
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