Las Cruces man suspected of beating ex-girlfriend, stealing from her on Valentine’s Day

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The man suspected of beating his former girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, and stealing cash and debit cards from her, has been arrested.

Alexander Ray Madrid, 26, is charged with a third-degree felony count of robbery, a third-degree felony count of aggravated battery against a household member and a misdemeanor count of battery against a household member.

Las Cruces police investigators learned that about 1 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2019, Madrid went to his former girlfriend’s home on the 200 block of Three Crosses Avenue to ostensibly deliver formula for their 2-month-old son. Instead, Madrid reportedly arrived at the apartment without formula. The woman invited Madrid inside anyway.

Investigators learned Madrid and the woman later got into an argument that quickly escalated. Madrid is suspected of punching his former girlfriend’s face multiple times while she was holding their 2-month-old son. Madrid is also suspected of demanding money from the woman and ultimately taking $50 in currency, a pre-paid debit card containing $40 and an electronic benefit transfer card.

Before leaving the apartment, Madrid allegedly struck the woman again causing her to fall to the floor. Madrid is suspected of kicking the woman while she was on the floor, straddling her and then placing both hands around her neck in an attempt at strangling her. The attack ended when Madrid received a phone call and he answered it.

When police interviewed the victim, she had multiple bruises to her face, back and neck. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

A warrant was issued for Madrid’s arrest. He was arrested Feb. 22 and is currently being held on a $1,000 bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

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