Woman charged with assault after manís jaw wired shut

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Suspect allegedly made up story about other man's involvement

A Cassville woman is facing a felony after allegedly beating a man, causing several plates to be placed in his face and his jaw to be wired shut.

Brooke Monterrosa, 30, of Cassville, is charged with first-degree assault causing serious injury.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, on July 15, the victim was beaten to the point of serious medical attention. Deputies contacted Monterrosa at her residence, where she was allegedly found cleaning blood form her vehicle. Monterrosa said the victim and his friend began to fight after they returned from a bar in Arkansas, near where the victim lived.

In a later interview, Monterrosa said after leaving the bar in Rogers, Ark., the pair stopped at the Avoca One Stop in Avoca, Ark., to pick up the victim's friend. Once back in Cassville, she said the two began to fight, and the perpetrator fled the scene. Monterrosa said she took the victim back to his home in Avoca and left him there.

On July 25, deputies spoke with the victim in Arkansas, who confirmed being at the bar playing pool when Monterrosa arrived and sat where he could see her. He said he is there every Friday and had never seen her before. The victim said he left the bar after midnight and found his truck had a flat tire, and he and Monterrosa left in her vehicle, going to his house to pick up his dog and then going to her house in Cassville.

The victim said at no time did they stop to pick up anyone else, and Henry viewed surveillance footage from the Avoca One Stop from midnight to 4:30 a.m., and Monterossa's vehicle did not show up at the store like she had said.

"At this point, there is no evidence that another subject was at Brooke's house during the assault, and all evidence at this time leads to Brooke being the only person at her house that would be able to have assaulted [the victim]," Henry's statement said.

Monterrosa is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only $100,000 bond. She has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Sept. 5 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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