Las Cruces Police are accusing an El Paso man of buying his underage girlfriend alcohol and then beating her.
Jonathan Oberg, 28, is facing charges of child abuse, aggravated battery against a household member and selling or giving an alcoholic beverage to a minor. He was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 in the 100 block of East University Avenue, police said in a news release.
The Las Cruces Police Department said in a news release that Oberg and his 17-year-old girlfriend traveled from El Paso to Las Cruces by bus and rented a room at the Econo Lodge on South Valley Drive, the release said.
Oberg had bought two bottles of wine and a bottle of whiskey and the couple began drinking before they got into an argument, the release said.
Police said Oberg allegedly pushed her to the ground and strangled her. This prompted someone to report a woman screaming or crying to police. When officers arrived they found the 17-year-old intoxicated and with noticeable signs of bruising about her body, the release said.
At the time Oberg allegedly told police that they were married and that the girl was 21. She had visible scratch marks on her neck and forearm along with a swollen lip, police said in the release.
Oberg was arrested and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center, but was released on Oct. 25. The girl was turned over to the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department.