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Wanted sex offender arrested for battery in Tallahassee

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 12:09:17-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A high-risk registered sex offender accused of beating his live-in girlfriend was arrested on two warrants after he was found hiding in a Tallahassee residence under a bed.

Edwin DeWayne Hughes, 26, was placed in double-locked handcuffs and taken to the Leon County Detention Facility by a Leon County sheriff's deputy on July 24, court records indicate.

Hughes faces a Leon County warrant for battery touch or strike in the attack on the woman and a Wakulla County warrant for lewd and lascivious battery on a minor, a person 12 years of age or older but less than 16.

A probable cause affidavit described Hughes as the live-in boyfriend of the victim.

After he and the woman argued on April 10 about him not picking her up on time from work, they arrived outside their home. While they continued arguing, the affidavit said, Hughes knocked her to the ground and eventually dragged her into the house while beating her.

"...People not going to recognize your face," the woman said Hughes told her before hitting her several more times and walking outside.

The woman said in a sworn written statement that when she had the opportunity, she ran to a neighbor's house and called law enforcement.

The woman told authorities that Hughes hit her mostly in the stomach. The deputy noted in the affidavit that he saw her bruised and swollen lip, small and superficial scratches on both her shins and leaves on her socks.

"The leaves on her socks and the scratches on her shins appeared to have been consistent with her story of being dragged," the deputy wrote.

Before he was arrested in Tallahassee, Hughes phoned a deputy on April 13 and said he wasn't aware of an incident with the victim and promised to come to the office for an interview, but did not show up.