Las Cruces SWAT arrests man accused of strangling wife, punching father

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A Las Cruces man allegedly strangled his wife then punched his father during a Saturday morning argument.

The SWAT team had to be called out to arrest Jesus Insurriaga Garcia, 25, after a standoff that lasted hours on Sunday.

Garcia is now facing felony and misdemeanor charges of aggravated battery against a household member, as well as counts of violating terms of his parole and probation.

Police said at about 4 a.m. on March 2, Garcia started pulling his wife’s hair while she was asleep. He accused her of cheating on him and then allegedly began to strangle his wife of one month. 

During the struggle, Garcia allegedly threw his wife to the floor and began kicking her abdomen several times. 

“Investigators believe Garcia picked her up, threw her on the bed and again tried to strangle her,” police said in a news release. “While doing so, his wife struck the wall several times in an attempt at waking Garcia‚Äôs parents.”

Garcia’s parents woke up and went to the couple’s room and Garcia’s mother allegedly slapped him to try to stop him. Police said Garcia left the room and followed his father into another room before punching him.

Garcia then left the house in his mother’s car, which was found abandoned on Highway 28 with his ankle monitor inside.

Police found Garcia Sunday evening at a home in the 2300 block of Lester Avenue. When he refused to leave the house, the SWAT team was called out and two hours later Garcia came out and was arrested on Monday morning.

He was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center without bond. 

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