The woman who was allegedly beat up by Arroyo Grande City Councilman Ed Arnold stated in court documents that she used to have a sexual relationship with him, and is now dating his estranged wife.
According to court documents, the unidentified 28-year-old woman said that the three used to live together, and during that time Arnold would humiliate her by yelling at her and their relationship was an emotional roller coaster. She also stated that Arnold was intimidating and that she felt like she had to comply with his sexual requests.
Arnold moved out of the family home on Dec. 7, according to the documents.
On the night of Dec. 15, the woman said Arnold came to the home she was staying at in the 800 block of Turquoise Drive in Arroyo Grande. She recalls him bludgeoning her with a club in the back of the head, and said she also saw zip ties that she thought he might use to strangle her.
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During the altercation, the woman said she was able to push the "send" button on her phone, which called Arnold's wife. The wife then called the home's owners, apparently hoping they could help the victim.
The victim was later able to call police. She was treated at a local hospital for cuts, scrapes and bruises to her head and later released.
Arnold was booked in County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence and burglary. He later posted $50,000 bail and was released from jail.
The woman was granted an emergency restraining order against Arnold.