Police on St. John arrested 61-year-old David Montoute Wednesday, charging him charged him with aggravated assault and battery/domestic violence for assaulting his wife.
A 17-year-old minor who is familiar with the abusive situation was arrested for assaulting Montoute.
According to the police reports, at about 7 p.m. Tuesday Montoute repeatedly punched his 47-year-old wife in her face and body near a business in Cruz Bay. When a witness intervened, Montoute fled the area on foot.
The victim was bruised on her face and complained of back pain and pain to other parts of her body and was taken to the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center for treatment.
The following day Montoute was assaulted by the minor in downtown Cruz Bay. He was cut on his left eye but refused medical attention. When Montoute reported the assault to police at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, he and the minor were both arrested.
Montoute was charged with aggravated assault and battery/domestic violence and held without bail pending further court action.
VIPD Juvenile Bureau detectives are following up on the minor’s case, which will be heard in juvenile court.