After discovering that her fiance had presented her with an engagement ring that he had once given to an ex-girlfriend, an unhappy Florida woman struck her beau on the head with a metal object, according to police. Investigators allege that Inga Daftartiene, 43, battered Bengt Nyquist during a confrontation on Friday night in the master bedroom of their Vero Beach home.
As detailed in an arrest affidavit, Nyquist was lying in bed while Daftartiene was downstairs watching TV and drinking wine. At some point, Daftariene began “looking through old photos of Nyquist and noticed a picture of Nyquist and his ex-girlfriend,” officers noted.
The photo apparently showed Nyquist’s ex wearing the same engagement ring that sat on a Daftartiene finger.
Nyquist told police that, “Inga stormed upstairs and began screaming" at him about the engagement ring.
While Nyquist denied regifting the ring, Daftariene allegedly “grabbed a metal object that was attached to the bed” and “threw it at Nyquist’s head, striking him on the left side of the face.” Nyquist said that Daftartiene became angry when he called 911, and that she chased after him and sought to punch him in the face.
Police officers responding to the couple’s residence noted that Nyquist had “minor bruising” on his face and “bruises and minor abrasions on [his] arms from defending himself during the attack.”
Daftartiene was arrested for misdemeanor battery after police determined that she was the “primary aggressor” during the encounter. Daftartiene, a licensed real estate broker, is free on $500 bond and has been ordered by a judge to have no contact with Nyquist. She is scheduled for arraignment on February 9.
The whereabouts of the the engagement ring is unknown.