A woman was able to flee from a violent altercation with her boyfriend and call for help from a gas station, Port St. Lucie police said, which ultimately led to SWAT responding to the couple’s home and the shutdown of several streets in the area of SW Trenton Lane.
The incident occurred Friday, June 1, around 3 a.m., during which police say Christopher Donald Simicsak, 36, struck his 25-year-old girlfriend with his hand and the butt of a firearm.
The woman told police that they had been together three years and had only recently moved to Port St. Lucie.
During the altercation, Simicsak threatened to shoot the woman, according to police. He also started to destroy the inside of the home, tearing down blinds, breaking the glass slider door, and ripping screens from the porch – as photos taken from the scene show.
While Simicsak destroyed the house, the woman was able to make her escape and fled to a nearby gas station to call for help.
Officers arrived at the gas station and were able to determine a crime had been committed and then went to the house, located in the 2100 block of SW Trenton Lane. When they couldn’t make contact with Simicsak, authorities called for the Crisis Negotiation Team and the SWAT Team due to the presence of firearms.
SWAT deployed a remote-controlled robot inside the home to observe what was happening, Master Sgt. Frank Sabol told St. Lucie Voice.
Simicsak eventually surrendered and was arrested. He faces multiple charges including aggravated assault with a firearm – domestic violence, aggravated battery – domestic violence, tampering with a victim, and violation of probation. He was taken to the county jail.