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Florida woman arrested for squirting boyfriend with water pistol

Giovanna Borge

Giovanna Borge

It was touch and go there for a while in Port St. Lucie, Florida, but police managed to sort it out in record time, and without further violence. On September 27, 2013, officers got a call about a domestic incident. They arrived to find an upset and hyperventilating Giovanna Borge, 19, outside the apartment. It didn’t take much prompting to find out that she had just shot her boyfriend of one year — with a water pistol.

She told police that the trouble had all started earlier when the victim “said something to her she did not like,” according to the police report. “She then took the water pistol and squirted him with water.” Not one to go down easily, the victim “responded by dumping a container of water on her,” and hitting her with a pillow. They then shoved each other until Borge wound up in the bathtub. Borge seemed uninjured, but assured police that there had been other unreported incidents of domestic abuse in which she had been injured.

Officers interviewed the three witnesses in the apartment, who had heard, but not seen the incident. They all agreed that that victim had been quietly playing his Xbox in his room when Borge started screaming at him. They heard a scuffle and then cries of “get off me, get off me” emanating from the victim. Their account led police to conclude that Borge, who was having difficulty breathing, was in fact the aggressor.┬áIt is unclear who called 911.

They called rescue who treated Borge; she declined to go the the hospital. They took photographs and arrested Borge for simple battery/domestic violence for squirting water on her victim with the intention of antagonizing and agitating him “against his wishes.”

She was handcuffed in the front, to make it easier to breath and taken to the lockup, where she was no doubt handled with kid gloves before being placed in a comfy chair.

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