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Detroit Man Charged in Domestic Violence Beating

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Joel Eloy Santos-Santos, 23, (DOB: 07/28/1996) of Detroit, in connection with the non-fatal beating of a 35-year-old woman and her five-year-old son, also of Detroit. The defendant and the victim have a child in common.

On June 25, 2020 at approximately 7:00 a.m., a Taylor police officer was in the area of eastbound I-94 and Monroe in Taylor, when he saw a female driver exit the freeway while screaming for assistance and pointing to the male passenger in the vehicle. The officer approached the vehicle and the male forced the woman out of the car before driving away from the scene at a high rate of speed. The officer saw the victim's obvious injuries and medics arrived and transported her to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. Due to a language barrier, it became known at the hospital that there were two children in the rear seat of the vehicle, a five-year-old boy and an eight-month old girl.

The defendant continued to flee into Detroit at high rates of speed until crashing in the area of the Davison Freeway and eastbound I-96. Officers arrived on the scene and placed the defendant under arrest. The children were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.

It is alleged that the defendant beat the victim in the head and body with a tire-iron as she was driving the vehicle through several communities. It is further alleged that, earlier in the morning, the defendant struck the five-year-old boy in the head. Further information will be placed on the record during the Preliminary Examination.

Santos-Santos has been charged with Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm, Felonious Assault, Fleeing and Eluding - Fourth Degree and Domestic Violence.*

On Saturday, June 27, 2020, he was arraigned out-county in 34th District Court. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for July 6, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. and the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for July 13, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. in 23rd District Court in Taylor. The defendant received a $7,500/10% bond and GPS tether. Please contact the Taylor Police Department for a photograph of the defendant after the arraignment.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.