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Florida Keys man charged with pushing girlfriend off balcony

Posted: 4:49 AM, Feb 01, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-01 09:49:24Z
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BIG PINE KEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Keys man is under arrest after authorities say he pushed his girlfriend off a balcony.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Adam Linhardt said the 22-year-old woman fell from a 13-foot (4-meter) balcony Wednesday night. She was released from a hospital early Thursday.

When deputies arrived, they found 26-year-old Charles Beneway of Big Pine Key in the driveway and a neighbor tending to the woman. She was bleeding from her nose and mouth but she was conscious and talking.

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In an emailed statement, Linhardt said the neighbor told deputies she heard Beneway threaten to kill his girlfriend and watched him push her off the balcony.

Beneway was held without bail on a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm. Jail records did not show whether he had an attorney.