A doctor out of Weston has been arrested for a third time in less than four years for allegedly beating his girlfriend.
Dr. Rafael Azulay now faces a felony charge of batters.
Deputies said Azulay beat his girlfriend in their Weston home on March 1. According to an arrest report, Azulay became enraged when a BSO deputy showed up at their home to do a welfare check on the victim following an anonymous tip to police.
After the deputy left, the Memorial Regional Hospital internist reportedly punched the victim in the head and face repeatedly, according to the report. She tried to block the blows with her arm.
The report states Azulay then grabbed her by her throat before she bit him and fled the home. She was able to run to the community’s guard gate, where a relative picked her up.
Deputies say the victim was taken to hospital with a ruptured eardrum and multiple fractures to her face and nose.
Azulay was arrested in August 2014 and again in April 2015. He was never convicted in either of the cases due to the victim refusing to work with prosecutors.
Investigators said Azulay owns a gun and threatened to bring his girlfriend to her mother in a body bag if he ever went back to jail.
Azulay is currently being held on $50,000 bond.
Women in Distress has set up a crisis hotline for those who have been in domestic violence situations. For more information, call 954-761-1133.