First posted 1/16/2009 3:50 p.m.

Two men were arrested last week for violence against their wife or girlfriend. A River Forest man is being held on $500,000 bail for allegedly beating his live-in girlfriend on Monday night and forcefully keeping her from leaving their apartment.

Carlos Toscano, 31, of 1508 N. Harlem, was charged with felony unlawful restraint, domestic battery, interference with reporting a domestic battery and resisting arrest.

River Forest police say Toscano reportedly refused to allow the woman to leave his apartment until she paid him money he said she owed him. Police were first contacted about 8:45 a.m., Jan. 12, by the woman’s father, who called from out of state. He told them his daughter’s boyfriend wouldn’t let her leave or speak with him until she paid up.

Police visited the apartment but said no one appeared to be home.

According to police, the father called back at about 2:30 that afternoon asking again about his daughter’s welfare. At about 6 p.m., he called a third time, saying he’d spoken with her and that, by then, he believed Toscano had physically abused her and broken her phone.

Eight squad cars from River Forest and Elmwood Park rushed to the apartment, River Forest police said. Again, they reported no one answered the door. This time though, they said officers spotted an open window and looked inside. When Toscano saw police, he pushed an officer away and tried to slam the window shut. Officers then entered the apartment by force, and Toscano allegedly continued to resist them. After subduing and arresting him, officers discovered the woman, whom they described as bruised and beaten.

Toscano was arraigned Wednesday at the Maybrook courthouse and is being held in Cook County jail in lieu of $50,000, or 10 percent of the $500,000 bond.

Prison parolee Jose I. Pagan, 41, of 405 Washington, Oak Park, was arrested for the second time in 19 days for domestic battery and other charges, Jan. 17, after police responded to a 911 hang-up call. Besides domestic battery, Pagan, who was released from prison last May on the latest of four convictions for repeatedly driving on a revoked license, was charged with aggravated battery of a police officer, resisting arrest, and interfering with the woman’s attempt to report the battery.

Oak Park police first arrested Pagan around midnight, Dec. 30, after he allegedly punched the same woman in the face. Police say a custody search following his arrest, which he resisted, turned up two kitchen knives in his pants pockets.

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