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Warrant issued for aggravated battery suspect
George Etcitty is charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
FARMINGTON — A bench warrant has been issued for an Albuquerque man accused of beating two of his relatives with brass knuckles after he failed to appear for his preliminary hearing last week.
George Etcitty, 51, was charged on May 18 with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after allegedly attacking a female and male relative in a room at the Motel 6 at 1600 Bloomfield Blvd, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
He was later arrested and booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center around 3:27 a.m. on July 3, according to court documents.
Etcitty was released on a $20,000 unsecured appearance bond on July 10 and an Aug. 2 hearing was scheduled.
He failed to appear at the Aug. 2 hearing and a bench warrant was issued with a no-bond hold, according to court documents.
Tyson Quail, Etcitty's attorney, did not respond to requests for comment.
Dustin O'Brien, San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney, said there has been an increase in the number of suspects that have failed to appear at magistrate and district court hearings as the new rules regarding pretrial detention and release of defendants took effect on July 1.
The rules allow judges to detain people without bond who might be dangerous to the public. it also allows them to grant pretrial release to defendants who pose no risk to the community and are not a flight risk.
O'Brien also said he believes the number of suspects failing to appear at hearings will level out in the future.
Etcitty is accused of getting into a fight with a male relative in a motel room and punching him the face, knocking him unconscious, according to the court documents.
The female relative told police she was punched multiple times in the face and side of her head after she tried to calm down Etcitty after he got into a fight with the male relative, according to court documents.
The male relative was observed by police with dried blood on his face and a crooked, possibly broken nose. He refused medical treatment by paramedics at the scene.
The female victim had swollen lips, swelling on the left side of her face and a bloody nose, according to court documents. Police observed the female victim coughing blood as paramedics arrived on scene.
She was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center and, after a CT scan, police were notified by hospital staff that she had a brain bleed.
Etcitty has multiple prior convictions including robbery, burglary, receiving or transporting stolen property and possession of the deadly weapon/explosive by a prisoner, according to court records.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.