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Voicemail Gives Grim Details of Marine's Alleged Abuse of Girlfriend

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Eugene Rollins, 33, of Murrieta has been charged with torture and spousal abuse, and is being held on $1 million bail.

An inadvertent cellphone message was what convinced a 30-year-old woman that she had allegedly been severely beaten by her Marine boyfriend in a Murrieta home they shared, Patch has learned.

Murrieta police began investigating Marine Gunnery Sgt. Anthony Eugene Rollins, 33, when his girlfriend of four years came forward with a one minute, 26 second voicemail recorded the night she was allegedly beaten, according to a copy of the search warrant police served against Rollins.

The woman, who is identified only as Jane Doe in court records, had gone for a few drinks with two of her friends the night of Nov. 30, 2012. While she was out, she received a threatening text message from Rollins, she told police.

She returned to couple’s Murrieta residence between 11 p.m and midnight, and told police though she’d had four beers, she did not remember what happened when she got home. She woke up the next morning with a severe headache and could not stop throwing up.  

“Anthony Rollins told the victim she was ‘drunk’ when she got home and fell down the stairs,” Murrieta police Detective Kelly Sik wrote in the warrant.

On Dec. 1, 2012, the victim called her mother, a registered nurse, and told her how she was feeling. Her mother advised she go to an emergency room.

Rollins agreed to take her, but not until two days later, the victim alleged.

She was admitted to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda after medical staff told her she had skull fractures, bleeding in her brain and was suffering amnesia from the injuries.

She was discharged four days later, and based on limited recollections from the night of Nov. 30, 2012—as well as previous alleged episodes of domestic violence toward her by Rollins—she told police she decided to leave him.

After staying with her mother in Nebraska for several weeks, the victim returned to a nearby Southern California city and was staying with a friend.

It was when she was going through her old cellphone—Rollins had purchased her a new one before she left for Nebraska—that she began listening to old voicemails, she told police.

The voicemail from Rollins’ cellphone number was allegedly received at 12:52 a.m. Dec. 1, 2012.

“The voicemail appears to be a call accidentally made by Anthony Rollins while the phone was still in his pocket,” Sik wrote. “The victim listened to the voice message and recognized herself crying in pain and Anthony Rollins’ voice.

“The victim can be heard crying and saying, ‘My face hurts,’ while Anthony Rollins can be heard saying, ‘You are not going to call police, stop crying, don’t fight, it’s only going to get worse.’ The victim again repeats, ‘My face hurts.’

“What followed is the sounds (of) screaming, crying and hitting sounds...

“I would describe what followed as the sounds of a violent attack on the victim (then) the phone disconnected.”

Rollins has been in the Marine Corps for 16 years and is a black belt in Marine Corps martial arts, police learned from the victim.

The victim additionally alleged she suffered four prior domestic violence incidents at the hands of Rollins. In two of the cases, she called police; Rollins was arrested by Murrieta police during one of the calls.

She also recalled that during one incident, Rollins allegedly was cutting the heads off her teddy bears, she told police.

Another time, he allegedly used his iPad to take pictures of her as she was on the floor vomiting.

The victim was granted a temporary restraining order against Rollins on Feb. 26 and a permanent restraining order on March 15, court records show.

Rollins is currently being held in lieu of $1 million bail at Southwest Detention Center after his Feb. 26 arrest in the case and has been charged with torture and spousal abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges, and is due in court again April 3.

Murrieta police seized a cellphone, laptop, tablets, an external hard drive and the victim's medical records from Rollins' Avery Place address.

C November 01, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Still awaiting trial - still held on $5 mill bond
Outraged Mother January 16, 2014 at 09:22 PM
It is very easy to comment on this blog when you know nothing about what is going on other than what the DA and press want you to know. Yes she has a young daughter and he took care of her daughter while she was falling down drunk. Her daughter loved him. Have some compassion for his young children who are innocent and to read comments from ignorant bloggers like you all.
Outraged Mother January 16, 2014 at 09:53 PM
Brenda, you are very ignorant. Your comments on his appearance and how you don't see how anyone would want to date him has no bearing on any of this. I'd love to see what you look like. Apparently you have had issues with men. The only insightful thing you have said is he needs anger management and the Marines should have provided it rather than wash their hands of him. Just because he was found guilty doesn't make him guilty. Innocent people go to jail all the time. This case is more about the DA setting an example of him. This man was overseas for months at a time on several occasions. She had many opportunities to leave. I do not condone violence of any kind, especially men beating women. I have been there. If you have never been in this situation keep your ignorant comments to yourself. I know for a fact that his young children love him and so did her 7 year daughter. He is an excellent father. Try to be a little sympathetic to his family and those who love him. You all have blamed her and him but why not put some of the blame on the Marine Corp who he has given 15 years of his life. He has lost everything and does not deserve to spend the rest of his life in jail. This is from someone who loves him, her and her 7-year old daughter. This is a tragedy and no one wins. How do you justify a $5 bond for this when there are many people who have murdered people and their bonds are not that high. This is all about a black man dating outside his race and the DA trying to make a name for himself. I guarantee you each woman that testified against him had a personal agenda. He walked away from them all and they can't handle it. How about that Brenda for a crazy, creepy looking killer. I pray for all of them and especially ignorant people like you BRENDA!!!
Brenda January 17, 2014 at 01:30 AM
The update is guilty as of today and waiting to hear if he gets life in prison. Outraged, thank you for providing us with more information on the trial. The addition of more victims that testified against him for I assume being beaten, assaulted also, proves that the DA was not out to get him, he is guilty. I will agree that the military should SEE somehow that these, or some of these men have these violent or perverted tendencies, rape, age with minors, molestations, the list goes on and on that no one hears about. If when the first incident happened and the military was notifed they DO HELP these men with every type of therapy you can think of. BUT someone has to come forward and file the complaint with them. The military man sure doesnt go to his command and say I have an anger problem because he does not want to get kicked out of the military and that is a huge fear for these men, and women. If I do go for help I will be kicked out and lose my 10, 15 yrs, my retirement, my benefits, everything. So yes, its a huge Catch 44 in this case, bypass the 22, because it is a huge problem. In a regular job it can be possible to go and tell your boss you need to seek some counciling and can you have Tuesdays off or some such thing. IN the military its a completely different story. However, this man was literally BEATING the hell out of women, not just shoving them, or a slap, but out of control unleashed anger and beating. THAT IS SICKNESS, and he should have went for the help a long time ago. One thing is when its towards women its hard for the Military to pick up because they mostly all deal with men. But I am sure there are probably a few women he worked with that felt uncomforable around him...I just bet money on it at one time or another. This has nothing to do with his color, and people only pull that race card when they have no defense. Do not be so ignorant to stoop t hat low. As far as how he treats children, does not have anything to do with how he treats WOMEN. Well of course he can be abusive to everyone of all ages, but his target is women, and the kids would love him because he is always trying to make up for what they see and hear him do to their mothers, or other women.

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