SANTA ANA, Calif. – A famous Hispanic band member has been charged for assaulting his ex-girlfriend outside an apartment complex in Santa Ana. Regulo Cristobal Valentin, 36, Las Vegas, Nevada, is charged with one felony count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury and one felony count of false imprisonment by violence. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of four years and eight months in state prison. He is out of custody on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on a later date.
At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 5, 2015, Valentin is accused of verbally arguing with his ex-girlfriend Jane Doe outside a Santa Ana apartment complex near his car. Several neighbors reported hearing the incident to the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD), who investigated this case with assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Pacific Southwest Task Force (U.S. Marshal). SAPD arrived after the initial argument and completed an incident report as no injuries were reported or observed by officers.
Approximately one hour later, the defendant is accused of physically assaulting Jane Doe by violently punching, kicking, and slapping her. Valentin is accused of dragging and pulling the victim by her hair as she attempted to flee from the defendant, which be seen on a property management surveillance video. The surveillance video will not be released at this time.
On Dec. 10, 2015, agents from the U.S. Marshal arrested the defendant on an outstanding warrant connected to the assault on Oct. 5, 2015.
Deputy District Attorney Caroline Smith of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.
Orange County District Attorney / Case # 15CF2511 / December 11, 2015