LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Las Cruces Police have arrested a man suspected of striking his fiancée and attempting to keep her from leaving their home.
John A. Padilla, 56, is charged with one count each of aggravated battery against a household member and false imprisonment. Padilla was arrested Monday and is incarcerated at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $10,000.
Shortly after 8 p.m. Monday, April 2, Las Cruces Police were dispatched to the couple’s residence on the 1100 block of Lee’s Drive. The first-arriving officer found Padilla’s 42-year-old fiancée walking away from their home with visible injuries to her head.
Detectives learned that the couple got into a heated argument inside their home when Padilla began punching the woman. The woman locked herself in a bathroom but Padilla forced his way in and threatened her with a kitchen knife.
The woman called 911 but Padilla tried to take her cell phone away. The woman then exited the home and the 911 dispatcher encouraged her to keep walking away from the house until police arrived. Padilla followed the woman for a short distance before returning to their residence.
Police surrounded the home and used a public address system to order Padilla to voluntarily exit. After about five minutes, Padilla walked out of the home and was taken into custody without further incident.
The victim was transported to an area hospital. Her injuries were not life threatening.