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Man accused of beating, choking ex-girlfriend arrested after neighbors called 911

Manuel Chavez. Chavez was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment, misdemeanor counts of battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.

A Las Cruces man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend was arrested Tuesday.

Police are accusing Manuel O. Chavez, 25, of holding the woman against her will and hitting her.

Neighbors called 911 after they heard a woman screaming for help at an apartment in the 2100 block of S. Espina Street.

Police learned that Chavez went to his ex-girlfriend’s home before 1 a.m. and got upset when the woman reminded him that he didn’t live there anymore.

Police said Chavez punched the woman several times and choked her until she lost consciousness.

The woman armed herself with a small kitchen knife, fled the home and went to a nearby apartment looking for help, police said.

A witness told police he saw Chavez grab the woman and forcefully took her back to the apartment, police said.

The woman had visible injuries to her face, head, neck and arms, police said. Her injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Chavez was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, false imprisonment, misdemeanor counts of battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.

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