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Adelanto man, 36, arrested for hitting an elderly roommate in the face and head



ADELANTO, Calif. ( — An Adelanto man faces charges of elder abuse after he allegedly assaulted his 74-year-old roommate, officials said.

Robert Angelo Benitez, 36, was arrested on October 9, 2018, at about 11:24 pm, in the 11200 block of La Habra Avenue in Adelanto.

According to a sheriff’s news release, police responded to the location after a witness saw the elderly female victim with multiple bruises on her face.

Through the investigation, Deputy W. Fifita learned the 74-year-old female victim and her roommate, Roberto Angelo Benitez, had a verbal argument on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at approximately 4:00 pm, officials said.

“The victim told the deputy the argument escalated, and Benitez hit her in her face and head. The victim had visible bruising to the areas she was struck,” stated the release.

Deputy Fifita contacted Benitez and arrested and booked him at High Desert Detention Center for Elder Abuse. Benitez bail was set at $50,000.00.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy W. Fifita at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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