Saturday, May 17, 2014

Dad faces battery, child abuse charges after assaulting teen daughter and her mother (Las Cruces, New Mexico)

Dad is identified as MICHAEL A. SUAZO, JR.

Las Cruces father faces battery, child abuse charges after drunken incident

Updated: Friday, May 16 2014, 04:27 PM MDT

By: Jesse Martinez

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A Las Cruces man accused of shoving his wife and daughter to the floor while he was drunk was arrested Wednesday night.

Police said Michael A. Suazo Jr. spent much of Wednesday drinking alcohol and got into an argument with his wife that afternoon.

The argument escalated to the point where Suazo, 41, allegedly grabbed his wife and threw her down on a couch, police said.

Detectives learned the couple’s teenage daughter tired to intervene, but was shoved to the ground by Suazo and she hit her back on a wooden staircase, police said.

Afterward the teen drove her father to the store and Suazo drove them back to their home to find officers at the scene, police said.

The teen got out of the vehicle; Suazo drove away and was eventually stopped by police.

Officers said they detected a strong alcohol odor in Suazo’s breath when he was pulled over. Suazo was charged with battery against a household member and intentional child abuse. He also faces charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, aggravated driving under the influence and resisting or evading arrest.

He was booked into the county jail with bail set at $7,500.