Las Cruces Man Arrested

Las Cruces – A Las Cruces man was arrested after detectives learned he held his girlfriend against her will and physically assaulted her while holding an 8-month-old girl in his arms.

Salvador R. Garcia, 25, of the 900 block of Foster Road, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, aggravated battery against a household member and two counts of negligent child abuse. Garcia is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $40,000.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that early in the morning on Saturday, Dec. 5, Garcia began striking his girlfriend after an argument. At some point during the incident, Garcia forcefully took the 8-month-old out of his girlfriend's arms and continued striking the woman with one hand as he held the child with the other.

Garcia finally stopped the assault, and left the residence, when his girlfriend punched out a window and started yelling for help. Garcia was arrested Thursday morning.