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Woman charged with below-the-belt assault
Posted by Jennifer Sullivan
A Seattle woman has been charged with third-degree assault/domestic violence after she allegedly squeezed her boyfriend's testicles so hard during a fight that he had to have surgery.
Jennifer Kolone, 30, was arrested on May 24 after her boyfriend called 911 to report that she was being abusive, according to charges filed in King County Superior Court. The alleged victim, a 40-year-old man, told police that the couple had argued and he threatened to leave. When the man ignored Kolone's apology, she grasped his testicles and "squeezed very hard," Seattle police Detective Pilar Curtis wrote in a report.
The man felt "extreme pain" and saw blood on his groin area, charges said. After the assault, Kolone "calmed down and began to clean the house as if nothing happened," Curtis wrote in the report.
The man was taken to Northwest Hospital & Medical Center for surgery. Dr. Karen Jacoby told police that the man's wound looked like it was a "knife injury," charges said.
Neither police nor prosecutors say that a knife was involved.
In the five years the couple have been together, police have been called on other occasions because of alleged domestic violence, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor David D. Martin wrote in charging documents. Police were called in September, October and February. No arrests were made during any of the alleged incidents.
Bail was set at $30,000 for Kolone in the most recent incident. She was released from the King County Jail on May 26.
Dr. Karny Jacoby did not directly talk to police about treating a man who was injured when his girlfriend grabbed his testicles on May 24. Dr. Jacoby's notes were turned over to police and Detective Pilar Curtis quoted from them in her report. An item in The Blotter incorrectly indicated she spoke to police In addition, Dr. Jacoby's first name was misspelled in the item.