A beating and a fiery crash

Manuel Larrea, 52 showed up at his estranged wife’s home on Sunday about 9 pm. He appeared to be drunk, and asked Catalina Larrea  to give their relationship another chance. When she refused, a pushing match began then Larrea began beating her.  A neighbor heard screaming and ran to see what was the matter. Larrea saw the neighbor and took off, Cataline Larrea had to be taken to the hospital where she identified her attacker to police.

It has been reported that Manuel Larrea did return to the area, telling others that he was looking for a gold crucifix that he had dropped. Catalina Larrea was not released from the hospital until about 2 am.

Upon her release she decided to go home with her oldest daughter, but she sent the youngest daughter home with her children’s aunt, Manuel Lorrea’s sister.

At about 4:03 am, Manuel Lorrea showed up at his sister’s home. He reportedly set his vehicle on fire, and drove it into his sister’s house. His sister, his daughter and three other occupant’s of the home made it outside without injury. The vehicle entered the home, catching it on fire, and stopped just short of the aunt’s bed. His nine year old daughter did see the vehicle, but did not see her father.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and a body believed to be Larrea was removed from the vehicle and taken for autopsy and to be positively identified.

Police say they had looked for Larrea after the report of the attack on  his wife, but were unsuccessful in locating him.

Reportedly there were previous problems. Allegedly last year Lorrea had attacked Catalina and her oldest daughter with a knife and Catalina recieved a punctured lung. Lorrea had been charged with assault and weapons offenses in Mar. 2005. When he went to court in Nov. 2005 he was sentenced to 5 years probation. Reportedly a restraining was issued at that time and was still in effect.




Luckily the victim did survive this time. It is encouraging that Lorrea’s sister did appear to be supportive of the wife. I wonder if perhaps Lorrea may have thought that his wife was in the home at the time that he crashed his car into the house.

One of the articles described what the daugther had to say, about how she had been unable to sleep.

And that brings me to a point that I have wanted to discuss. Many victims will say they stay with the abuser for the children. (Though this one didn’t say that). According to one source more than half of the children in domestic violence shelters show clinical signs of post traumatic stress syndrome and anxiety.

Younger children may blame themselves for the events, may withdraw, may exhibit regressed behaviors, or become non-verbal. They may have difficulty eating, sleeping or have sleep disturbances, problems with concentration, and other symptoms.

Older children may either withdraw or show aggressive behaviors themselves. They may lose interest in social activities, have temper tantrums, be irritable, lash out at peers siblings or pets, . They may have more academic problems at school, or become “unruly”. Girls especially will sometimes withdraw and their behavior changes may be missed. Adolecents are at risk of academic failure, and may be at risk of dropping out of school or delinquency.



A big thanks to Trench for letting me know about this domestic violence case.  


1 Comment

  1. Trench said,

    July 6, 2006 at 1:13 am

    It was nothing.

  2. July 6, 2006 at 2:03 am

    It was appreciated!

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