Las Cruces police: Man battered girlfriend

Las Cruces Police Department

Las Cruces Police arrested a man late Friday on charges that he physically assaulted his girlfriend.

Jose Hernandez, 26, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm and false imprisonment, police said.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday Las Cruces Police were called to east Hadley Avenue by a passerby who saw a woman running down the street and screaming for help. Officers arrived and located Hernandez, the 22-year-old woman who appeared to have been physically assaulted and some members of her family who came to her aid after she made a frantic cell phone call to her mother.

Detectives learned that Hernandez and the woman, who were in a relationship since 2007, were at a family get-together when they left to purchase alcohol. On the way to the store the couple got into an argument and Hernandez began threatening the woman.

The argument quickly escalated and Hernandez began striking the woman as she was sitting in the passenger seat of the pickup. Hernandez also strangled the woman, police said. Two times the woman exited and ran from the pickup, but both times Hernandez caught and forced her back into the truck.

The woman eventually escaped from Hernandez, called her mother and ran down the street yelling for help.

The woman’s injuries were not life threatening. Hernandez, however, was transported to an area hospital after he complained of a bloodied lip he said resulted from the woman’s family attacking him prior to officers arriving on scene.

Hernandez was subsequently locked up the Doña Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $10,000.





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