Suspect Arrested for Assaulting and Robbing his Girlfriend

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BARSTOW – A 26-year-old Barstow man was arrested last week for assaulting and robbing his girlfriend earlier this month. Semaj Green was arrested on Tuesday, September 20th over 2 weeks after the incident. On September 1, 2016, at approximately 11:34 p.m. police were dispatched to a home in the 16000 block of East Main Street for the report of a battery.

Through investigation, the officer learned that the victim, 21-year-old Mariana Tafoya, and Green had been dating for several months. The two started to have a verbal altercation that escalated when Green assaulted and choked Tafoya. Green also stole Tafoya’s cell phone and $200 in cash before fleeing the scene.

An area search was conducted but officers were unable to find Green. A probable cause declaration for Green’s arrest was produced and was on file at the Barstow Police Department. Finally, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, at around 7:18 a.m. Green was stopped while walking in the 1300 block of East Main Street. Green was taken into custody without incident.

Green was booked into jail for both domestic violence and robbery. Anyone with further information regarding this incident is asked to contact Officer Edwards at 760-256-2211.  People with information who wish to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME or at

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