A Pasco woman faces a Jan. 21 trial on allegations she violently attacked a man and tried to rip off his genitals because she believed he was cheating on her.
Lisa Y. Sosa, 44, has pleaded innocent in Franklin County Superior Court to second-degree assault with domestic violence.
The charge alleges that the bodily injury suffered by the victim involved temporary but substantial disfigurement or impairment of a body part’s ability to function.
Sosa told investigators that the man had tried to force himself upon her sexually. She denied causing the injury and was inconsistent throughout her interview about several details of the incident, court documents said.
Pasco police received a call at 5:45 a.m. Nov. 15 about a man claiming to be an assault victim.
Officers met with the victim — who’d escaped with minimal clothing and no shoes — and noticed that he had bloody, swollen lips, a black eye and other noticeable injuries, documents said. The officers also noted that he appeared to be in emotional distress, and was shaking and out of breath.
The man claimed that Sosa had been assaulting him repeatedly for a couple of weeks, with the abuse escalating in the prior three days, court documents said.
Sosa believed the man was being unfaithful, so she’d hit him with her fists and wire coat hangers and bit him, documents said. The victim said he had difficulty defending himself from the attacks because he is smaller than Sosa.
The man said that Sosa was enraged early Nov. 15, telling the victim she would “show him what a true Texan woman could do when people mess with them,” court documents said.
He reported that Sosa took a firm grasp of his testicles and pulled hard enough that the scrotum began to physically tear from his body, documents said.
Sosa then allegedly put her hands around his neck and strangled him. He was able to remove her hands, but then Sosa smothered his face, mouth and nose with a pillow, Detective Sean Granger wrote in court documents.
The victim said he could not breathe and had been on the verge of losing consciousness, but ultimately was able to free himself and get out of the home. He ran for nearly two miles in 10-degree temperatures before stopping at a house to get help, documents said.
He was taken to a Tri-City hospital for treatment, which included stitches. Granger said the long-term effects of the victim’s injury are not yet known.
Medical staff reportedly found fingernail scratches, bite marks on the man’s thighs and side, and multiple bruises all over his body that appeared to be in various stages of healing.
Sosa is being held in the Franklin County jail on $50,000 bail. She’s been ordered to have no contact with the victim while the case is pending.