AMAN WHO beat up his pregnant girlfriend in an argument about a toilet seat claimed to be the victim of a robbery when cops found him last weekend, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
Now that man, Marley Aris, is facing charges of assault on an unborn child, aggravated assault and false identification to law-enforcement authorities for the alleged incident Saturday night.
About 11:30 p.m., police received an anonymous call about a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex on Hampden Road near Ludlow Street in Upper Darby.
When they arrived, they found a 19-year-old pregnant woman crying hysterically on a fire escape with cuts and bruises on her body, Chitwood said.
The woman told police that Aris, her 30-year-old live-in boyfriend and the father of her unborn child, beat her up and punched her in the stomach after the two got into an argument about a missing toilet seat, Chitwood said. Aris then took her phone and her keys and took off, according to police.
Cops spotted him a short time later at 69th and Chestnut streets, and when he was approached he told officers that his name was Malik Evans and that he had just been the victim of a strong-armed robbery, to explain why he had cuts and bruises on his face, Chitwood said.
Before authorities learned his true identity, they took him to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, according to Chitwood.
"He's claiming he's the victim and giving a phony name so he could be treated for the injuries he got while he was beating up his girlfriend," Chitwood said.