Marcus Villarial faces four felony counts

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FARMINGTON — A Bloomfield man is accused of assaulting and battering his girlfriend after allegedly kidnapping her from a friend's house.

Marcus Villarial, 23, is accused of a second-degree felony count of kidnapping, third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery against a household member and assault against a household member and a fourth-degree felony count of false imprisonment, according to court documents.

Mark Curnutt, Villarial's attorney, did not respond to requests for comment.

Villarial is accused of forcing his girlfriend into his vehicle and transporting her to a Bloomfield residence, where he allegedly kept her in a camper on the property and repeatedly attacked her, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The victim spoke to an officer for the Bloomfield Police Department on Jan. 13 while at the San Juan Regional Medical Center.

She told the officer she was at a friend's house on the Old Aztec Highway when Villarial showed up and demanded she get into his vehicle, then grabbed her by the arm and forced her into his truck.

Villarial allegedly drove her to a residence in the 1200 block of North Pixley Street in Bloomfield and forced her into a camper trailer on the property, according to court documents.

While she allegedly was locked in the camper trailer, Villarial is accused of punching her with a closed fist, then grabbing a sword and striking her multiple times with the weapon.

The woman told police Villarial stabbed her a few times in her left arm with a knife.

She said when Villarial later opened the door of the camper trailer, she exited the trailer and ran toward the residence. Villarial allegedly caught up to the victim, threw her on the ground and began kicking and punching her.

A male exited the residence and told Villarial to stay away from the victim.

The man took the victim to her mother's house, then to the hospital, according to court documents.

Villarial is being held without bond after a hearing Monday in Aztec District Court regarding his conditions of release.

When he was arrested on Jan. 31, Villarial had two outstanding warrants for violating his probation on a vehicle burglary conviction along with convictions for nonresidential burglary and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.

His preliminary hearing Thursday morning in Aztec Magistrate Court was continued and rescheduled for Feb. 16.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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