A west suburban man is facing a domestic battery charge after his girlfriend taped him abusing her and telling his young son that women “like to be mistreated,” according to police.
Peter N. Benedetto, 27, is charged with one count of domestic battery, according to Riverside police.
Benedetto’s girlfriend told police she had been verbally and emotionally abused over the last several months, and it recently escalated and became violent, a statement from police said.
She began recording the abuse on her iPhone, but at one point her boyfriend told her to stop taping him because he was in his underwear, police said.
Officers recovered the cell phone video, which shows him screaming and yelling at the woman, then lunging towards her before the camera goes blank, police said.
There is other footage that shows the man playing with this 1-year-old son and telling him, “Women like to be mistreated,” police said.
The victim, who had suffered an arm injury, walked to the police department to report the abuse about 8:30 a.m. Friday. She refused to go to the hospital and was treated by paramedics at the station.
Police took Benedetto, of the 100 block of Forest Avenue in Riverside, into custody about 30 minutes later. They also requested that DCFS investigate child protective issues.