BARSTOW – A Barstow woman pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge that she tried to murder her elderly boyfriend on Sunday. Carolyn McElroy, 45, entered the plea two days after she was accused of striking 75-year-old Fermin Aragon with a bat on the sidewalk of a residential neighborhood.
Police arrived minutes after the initial report at 4:16 p.m., at the 400 block of South First Ave., according to a report. Police found Aragon laying on the concrete sidewalk, suffering severe bleeding from the head, and also suffering from an injury to his forearm, according to a Barstow police release. McElroy was discovered at the scene with a bat, said police.
Aragon was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton for additional treatment. According to a release, he was listed in serious but stable condition, and is expected to recover. He had been struck with the bat several times, said police.
The incident apparently stemmed from an argument the two had been having. During the investigation, police reportedly found that the two had been dating for about 10 months.
Police arrested McElroy, initially taking her to Barstow jail before transferring her to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. According to officials, McElroy is being held on $1 million bail.
According to records, Aragon has a history of domestic violence, which also includes a restraining order issued against McElroy by Judge Margaret A. Powers on June 5. The restraint included other people named in the domestic violence dispute. The issue stemmed from charges entered in Powers’ courtroom on May 16.
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