WORTHINGTON — Cody Hernandez, 22, of Worthington was arrested early Monday morning following a report that he had assaulted and threatened a local woman.
The victim came to the law enforcement center with a friend just after 4 a.m. The friend had visited the victim's home to check on the welfare of the victim and her infant child. As the victim left the home with the friend, Hernandez allegedly got in his own vehicle and began following them, attempting a hit-and-run. The victim and the friend said they came straight to the law enforcement center.
The criminal complaint also alleges that the investigating officer was shown a Snapchat message from Hernandez that said "everyone except the victim and their daughter has a 'green light.' It is believed that 'green light' is gang-related slang meaning that (Hernandez) is able to kill them."
The victim reported that she was previously involved with Hernandez and although they recently romantically separated, they still live in the same house. The victim said Hernandez had physically abused her in the past and had threatened to kill her. The victim played a voicemail message from Hernandez dated Jan. 25 wherein he repeatedly yells that he intends to kill the victim by running her over with his truck.
When Hernandez was arrested, he allegedly admitted he had tried to physically prevent the victim from leaving the house and said he needed to work on his anger problems.
Hernandez was charged with two counts of threats of violence with intent to terrorize and two counts of domestic assault. The maximum possible penalty he faces is five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.