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Police: Florida woman's nose cut off after she refuses sex

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MIAMI -- A man was arrested for cutting almost all of his girlfriend's nose off after she refused to have sex with him, Fort Lauderdale Police said.

Ricardo Salamanca, from Plantation, faces a charge of aggravated battery causing bodily harm and remained in jail in lieu of $75,000 bail on Wednesday. It wasn't immediately known if he had an attorney.

On Oct. 28,  the victim was taken to North Broward Hospital for surgery to have her nose reattached.


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"The victim's nose was severed down to the sinus cavity where the victim's nose was only attached by a thread," the complaint affidavit said.

The woman identified Salamanca as the person who did this to her, authorities said.

She said that she had been in a relationship with him, and they lived together, the report said. That night, she had seen him at a Plantation nightclub but went home alone, the affidavit said.

Later, he knocked on the door and she let him in, but he started yelling when she would not have sexual intercourse with him, and he threw her down, trying to place her in a chokehold, the affidavit said.

She told authorities that he couldn't place her in a chokehold and she ran to the front door, according to the affidavit. She remembered being thrown across the room, and then saw that she was bleeding from her face, authorities said.

"That's what you deserve, b****," the affidavit quoted the defendant as saying.

Salamanca left, and she drove herself to the hospital, the report said.

She told authorities that she had been a victim of domestic violence from Salamanca in the past.