BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. -- Tied up, curled into a ball, and covered in blood – one woman found the strength to call Blue Springs police after she got beat up, shot twice and collapsed in a driveway.
The assault happened Thursday just after 2 a.m. in the 2800 block of SE 6th Street in Blue Springs.
The victim is still in intensive care on a ventilator. But after a metro-wide search, authorities said they’ve now arrested and charged the man responsible.
Jose Hernandez, 35, is behind bars, charged with domestic assault in the first degree and armed criminal action.
According to court documents, several neighbors called 911 to report hearing screams and gunshots near Hernandez’s home on SE 6th Street.
“It was about 2 o’clock in the morning, I woke up hearing what sounded like somebody with a 2 by 4 hitting a steel trash can,” said Jim Bourdlais, who has lived in the neighborhood for 32 years. “I heard it like four times and I was like, ‘Is that real or not?’”
The victim, who is identified by prosecutors as Hernandez’s ex-girlfriend, also called 911 to say she was shot by “Jose” and that she believed she was going to “die.”
Police found her balled up in a driveway, covered in blood with her hands tied with rope behind her back. She was beat up and shot twice – once in the chest and once in the side.
“I heard kind of a bang, bang, bang,” Bourdlais said, “but the neighbor up the street had said they’d heard somebody screaming.”
Several neighbors told FOX 4 they are still in shock such violence could take place on their block.
“We’re a pretty quiet neighborhood,” Bourdlais said. “I’ve been here a long time and we’ve never had anything like this go on and it kind of makes you stand up and take notice and start to pay attention more to your neighborhood.”
Court documents said witnesses saw Hernandez leave the scene in his car, and detectives found rope and blood in his room. His bond is set at $300,000.
As for his criminal past, online court records show Hernandez is a registered sex offender who has spent time in prison for the rape of a 16-year-old girl, kidnapping, drug and weapons charges.