Police: York man assaulted girlfriend at Days Inn

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comJune 17, 2013 

— A York man who police say flew into a violent rage Saturday and attacked his girlfriend, hitting her with a phone before choking her until she fell unconscious, was arrested after he went to the hospital to visit her and claimed she attacked him.

Sometime after 11 p.m., police were sent to Piedmont Medical Center after a woman, 35, received treatment for a swollen eye, broken blood vessels on her skin and in her eyes, broken bones and bruises around her neck, according to a Rock Hill police report.

The woman told officers that she and her boyfriend, Michael Brian Vignola, 33, were staying at the Days Inn motel on Riverview Road when he began to “break everything in a violent rage,” including her two cell phones and the hotel room phone so she would be unable to call for help.

According to the report, Vignola punched the woman in the face repeatedly, assaulting her with his fists, a phone and other items on her face, head, arms, torso and legs until she fell to the ground. Vignola then climbed on top of her and began choking her with “all the strength he had” until “everything went black twice,” the report states.

The woman said she tried to fight back, but he began kicking her in the backside to the point that she thought her tailbone was broken, the report states. The woman said she passed out, but woke up when Vignola had gone to sleep. She sneaked out the room, the report states, called her parents and went to the hospital.

There, she was diagnosed with a fractured orbital bone and a broken tailbone, the report states. The woman told detectives Vignola sent her a text message saying he planned to go to the hospital to see her.

An officer sat in a patrol room outside the hospital’s emergency room entrance and spotted Vignola walking towards the door, the report states. The officer placed Vignola under arrest, charging him with attempted murder.

As officers placed him in handcuffs, Vignola claimed the woman assaulted him first, the report states. He is currently held at the York County Detention Center without bond.

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