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FARMINGTON —San Juan County sheriff's deputies arrested a Crouch Mesa man early today and were holding him on a variety of charges related to domestic violence.

Chad McKinney, 30, was being held at the San Juan County adult detention center on charges of kidnapping, attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault on a household member, two counts of aggravated battery on a household members and two counts of false imprisonment, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.

The release says deputies received a report of a domestic violence situation on County Road 5578 on Crouch Mesa at 12:23 p.m. Saturday. Deputies made contact with the alleged victim, a 41-year-old Farmington resident, who said she had been beaten and held against her will by a man she identified as McKinney. She told deputies McKinney kept telling her he was going to kill her, and he smothered her with a towel until she passed out, the release states.

The deputies' investigation showed the woman had been held for an approximate eight-hour period, according to the release.

Deputies obtained an arrest warrant and took McKinney into custody without incident at 12:44 a.m. today, according to Det. Lt. Kyle Lincoln of the Sheriff's Office. During an interview, McKinney told deputies he had battered the victim, adding that he recently had been released from federal probation or parole on drug charges.

McKinney was being held today at the detention center on a $200,000 cash bond.

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