Las Cruces Man Arrested For Drug Possession, Beating Girlfriend

Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:11pm

LAS CRUCES- Las Cruces police have arrested a man for drug possession, kidnapping, and battery Thursday morning.

Anthony Ryan Camunez, 25, is charged with three counts of aggravated battery against a household member, two counts of battery against a household member, kidnapping, interference with communications and criminal damage to property.

According to Las Cruces Police, the 20-year-old victim arrived home Wednesday evening and a verbal argument ensued with Camunez. At some point during the argument Camunez used a laptop computer to hit the woman and physically restrained her inside their bedroom.

The woman attempted to call 911 during the evening but Camunez disconnected the battery to her telephone.

Police say the argument and physical assault continued Thursday morning. Camunez attempted to strangle the woman and struck her several times with a metal pipe before she was able to leave the home and report the incident to police.

Camunez was arrested at the residence. He is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a cash-only bond set at $20,000.

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