A Santa Monica man with a previous murder conviction has been charged with domestic violence this week after accusations he assaulted his wheelchair-bound girlfriend.

According to the Santa Monica Police Department, Simco Warmsley Morris Jr., 52, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felony domestic violence following his March 11 arrest.

The incident began when officers received a call from a third party who said her friend had sent a text asking for help. The victim said her boyfriend had assaulted her, made threats to kill her and was not allowing her to use the telephone. The victim said she was in a wheelchair and could not leave on her own.

Officers responded to the apartment on the 1400 block of Lincoln at about 7:32 a.m. with the SMPD Crisis Negotiations and SWAT teams. After failing to contact anyone inside the apartment, officers learned Morris was already on parole for murder.

“Fearing that the victim was in danger, officers made entry into the unit and contacted him and the victim without incident. The victim verified what the original caller had related to police, and explained she was assaulted by the suspect throughout the night. The Santa Monica Fire Department treated the female victim then transported her to a local hospital,” said a statement provided by Lt. Rudy Flores.

SMPD said they would like to remind residents that if you are in an emergency where you are unable to call 9-1-1 or communicate verbally, you can contact police, fire, and emergency medical dispatchers by sending a text directly to 911. This service is very useful to those who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired and those who need help when an emergency is in progress and the caller is fearful of speaking or cannot speak.

Also, anyone who is experiencing domestic violence or knows someone who is, is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency or Santa Monica’s Domestic Violence Shelter hotline at 310-264-6644.