Lynn man accused of assaulting woman in Winthrop held without bail

WINTHROP, MA (WHDH) - A Lynn man accused of assaulting a woman in Winthrop while his young child was in the car Monday appeared in court Friday.

Police said Gerardo drove up to the woman walking alone Monday night and asked her if she would like to get in his car. The woman said no and police said she kept walking and changed direction to avoid him.

A few minutes later, Portillo allegedly approached the woman on Revere Street from behind on foot. Police said he asked her again to come with him and she again refused several times. Portillo then allegedly shoved her to the ground and she suffered several fractures to bones in her face.

“A witness came in and asked for a cup of ice because the victim was outside, bleeding and sitting down on the ground,” said Brandon Vinciguerra, who working at a nearby 7-Eleven. “So he asked for a cup of ice to help her out.”

Police believe the woman’s screams scared Portillo off and he drove away. Despite her serious injuries, she remembered the his license plate number and gave the information to police.

Portillo was arrested at his home in Lynn.

He faces a number of charges, including child endangerment because police said his 3-year-old daughter was in the backseat of his car the whole time.

“It makes it alarming for us that he had total disregard for what his daughter was witnessing and seeing and had total disrespect for women in general,” said Winthrop Police Chief Terrence Delehanty.

Portillo appeared in court Friday morning.

He was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing.

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