Man accused of striking, choking pregnant girlfriend
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FARMINGTON — A Bloomfield man has been accused of striking his pregnant girlfriend in the face multiple times and choking her after an argument.
Gerald Garcia, 28, is accused of aggravated battery against a household member (great bodily harm) and false imprisonment, according to court records.
He was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Friday following a hearing reviewing his conditions of release where he was released on a $2,000 unsecured appearance bond, according to court documents.
His bond originally was set at $2,000 cash or surety.
Attempts to contact Garcia's public defenders were unsuccessful.
Garcia was arrested on the morning of July 15 when officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched to the 100 block of West Broadway Avenue on reports of a woman battered by her boyfriend, according to the probable cause statement.
Police observed that the victim — who was seven months pregnant — had fresh marks around her neck, while the left side of her cheek was starting to swell, she had multiple scratch marks around her chest and she had a broken nose, according to court documents.
She told police she was trying to leave the apartment with two of her children when Garcia prevented her from leaving.
Garcia allegedly struck the woman in the face two to three times and then took her to the ground, according to court documents. He then allegedly got on top of her and started to choke her.
Garcia told police he slapped the woman in the face two to three times on the left side of her face.
The incident allegedly started when the woman asked Garcia for cigarettes, and a verbal argument took place, according to court documents.
Garcia has been convicted twice of battery against a household member and has a felony robbery conviction, according to court records.
His preliminary hearing in Farmington Magistrate Court was rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 2, according to court records.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.