Pendleton Marine Beats Woman’s Face with Beer Mug, Nearly Severs Ear

A woman’s ear was nearly severed at a Temecula bar early Wednesday when a 22-year-old Marine struck her in the head with a glass object, authorities said.

About 12:30 a.m., police were called to Aloha J’s at 27497 Ynez Road, where they found Jackson Gabriel Reyes, of Camp Pendleton, detained by security. They also found a Murrieta woman, who is in her early 20s, suffering from serious injuries, Temecula police Sgt. Mike Canizales said.

The woman was treated at the scene, then taken to a hospital, a news release said.

The woman did not know Reyes, Canizales said. It appears she might have bumped into him, prompting him to turn and strike her once in the head, he said. Canizales said it was not clear what the weapon was because it shattered.

Canizales said Reyes had been drinking and might not have been aware he was attacking a woman.

A brief scuffle ensued, during which the woman fought back before realizing she was badly injured, Canizales said.

Reyes was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated mayhem, the release said. He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center with bail set at $1 million, jail records show.

Neither Camp Pendleton officials nor Aloha J’s management responded to requests for comment Wednesday.

Reach Sarah Burge at 951-375-3736 or sburge@PE.com

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