Chaparral man accused of beating girlfriend

Jonathan Hay

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department

Working with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Doña Ana County sheriff’s investigators say a man is in custody after allegedly battering his girlfriend, leaving her with several facial fractures, head injuries and bruises.

A criminal complaint says Jonathan Hay, 25, was with a group of people on their way back from a concert in El Paso on Oct. 30, when he and his girlfriend got into an argument. During the course of the altercation, Hay allegedly punched his girlfriend repeatedly in the face until she lost consciousness.

Hay was dropped off at his home that night while the victim stayed with a friend. She later went home out of concern for her children.

The next morning, investigators say, Hay allegedly prevented the victim from using the telephone to call police and relatives. He then allegedly pushed her to the ground, kicking her repeatedly in the torso and buttocks.

According to court documents, Hay then allegedly gathered the victim’s clothing, doused them with a flammable liquid, and set them on fire.

Hay’s grandmother, who lives with Hay, his girlfriend and their two children, called 911 and the victim later was taken to an El Paso hospital, where she was treated for facial fractures and other injuries.

Hay is charged with aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm, two counts of battery against a household member, interference with communication, criminal damage to property and depriving his girlfriend of her property.

At the time of his arrest, Hay was also wanted on three additional active warrants for assault on the same victim from July, animal vaccinations, and traffic violations. All three bonds totaled more than $3,800.

Hay was booked into the Doña Ana County jail on a $50,000 cash bond authorized by Magistrate Judge Kent Wigenroth.

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