Navajo Dam man accused of kidnapping, beating girlfriend

Steve Garrison The Daily Times
The Daily Times

AZTEC — A 55-year-old Navajo Dam man was accused last week of beating his girlfriend, breaking three of her ribs and tearing hair from her scalp.

Kirk Garris was charged Wednesday in Aztec Magistrate Court with first-degree felony kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member, causing great bodily harm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment, among other lesser offenses.

Detective Sgt. Candice Montoya of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office said Monday Garris is being held at San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Garris has not yet been appointed an attorney by the court or retained private representation, according to court records.

An unidentified individual called 911 at about 9:49 a.m. on Sept. 8 to report a battery that took place the day prior at a trailer, No. 14 Road 40505 in Navajo Dam, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Deputies searched utility records and found an active account at the residence registered to Garris, the affidavit states.

Officials from San Juan Regional Medical Center then contacted deputies and reported that a woman in the emergency room said she was the victim in the alleged Navajo Dam battery.

The woman was being treated for a cracked bone in her neck, three broken ribs, a black eye and marks on her throat, the affidavit states. Chunks of hair were also missing from her scalp, according to the affidavit.

The woman told detectives she and Garris were drinking at his residence on either Sept. 5 or Sept. 6 and they got into an argument about her phone.

She said Garris punched and choked her, and attempted to gouge her eyes out with his thumbs, the affidavit states.

She told detectives she managed to break free and was chased into a back bedroom.

Garris allegedly entered the bedroom with a large kitchen knife and held it to her throat, the affidavit states.

The woman told detectives Garris threatened to kill her, but eventually left her alone in the bedroom and fell asleep in the living room, according to the affidavit.

She told detectives she did not have her phone and could not call 911. She said she left the residence the following morning and went to a neighbor's residence.

A neighbor eventually gave her a ride to her mother's residence, according to the affidavit.

Garris was arrested at his residence, the affidavit states.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.