A bizarre instance of domestic violence lands an Omaha man in jail and has his girlfriend fearing for the safety of her children. 30-year-old Carlos Cruz-Sosa was arrested Saturday for beating, tying up and shooting a shotgun at his girlfriend's 18-year-old daughter.
bizarre instance of domestic violence lands an Omaha man in jail and has his girlfriend fearing for the safety of her children.
30-year-old Carlos Cruz-Sosa was arrested Saturday for beating, tying up and shooting a shotgun at his girlfriend's 18-year-old daughter.
Police say the girl met them at the door when they arrived. Officers saw cuts and bruises on the girl and reported a wall in the basement splattered with shotgun pellets.
"It is child abuse, it is terroristic threats, the child was turned over to a caring parent and he (Cruz-Sosa) was booked on felony charges," Omaha Police Officer Jacob Bettin said.
Cruz-Sosa was taken to the Douglas County Corrections Center and charged with felony child abuse, terroristic threats and use of a weapon to commit a felony.
Officers also confiscated a 12 gauge shotgun and a 7mm rifle along with live ammunition for both weapons. There was also a spent shotgun shell taken as evidence.
No one knows what caused Cruz-Sosa to lose control in the basement of a home near 30th & Maple Street Saturday afternoon or why he targeted the girl.
"Nonetheless, his intentions in this case was obviously very real and he acted very very far on those threats that he made," Bettin said. "It's very concerning."
Fortunately the girl wasn't seriously hurt.
Her mother declined an on-camera interview but told Channel Six News her daughter doesn't live at the house.
The mother said she was at work when it all happened.
She said some of her five children were here during Cruz-Sosa's tirade.
Cruz-Sosa was her boyfriend of seven years.
The mother said she never saw it coming.
"The people at our 9-1-1 centers receive a thousand domestic violence calls a month," Karen Hadley of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council said.
Hadley said domestic violence is the most under-reported crime in America.
While the girl's mother says she is done with Cruz-Sosa, it's not so easy for some women to leave.
"A lot of times the victims in these situations have no access to money, they fear for their children they fear for themselves because once they're in that relationship, that person methodically isolates them from all their family and friends," she said.
The Coordinating Council offers help for women breaking out of domestic violence situations.
Hadley said recognition is the first step.
"It is a process and I think that's what people have a tough time understanding why some women don't leave," she said. "They (the perpetrators) might look like a great person on the outside, but once they involve someone in a relationship with someone by the end of that continuum they have objectified that person."
Hadley said women need to see their men realistically and take positive action.