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11:09 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Las Cruces Man Arrested After Ramming Ex-Girlfriend's Car With SUV

Las Cruces – A Las Cruces man was arrested early Wednesday morning after he rammed the Cadillac Escalade he was driving into a car carrying his ex-girlfriend, her friend and a 10-month-old boy.

Matthew A. Alarcon, 24, of the 1035 N. 3rd St., is charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member using a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of child abuse and battery against a household member.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that sometime around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1, Alarcon was driving a white Escalade when he spotted his ex-girlfriend driving a Honda Accord north on Solano Drive. The 26-year-old woman told detectives that Alarcon called her cell phone and demanded that she pull over but she refused.

Alarcon then rammed the Honda at least twice causing extensive damage to the rear and passenger-side door areas. A 22-year-old woman and her 10-month-old son were passengers in the Honda.

The 26-year-old woman then pulled the Honda over near the intersection of Solano and Madrid Avenue and exited the vehicle where Alarcon proceeded to strike her several times with closed fists.

The woman had visible bruising to her face and head. Her passenger and the 10-month-old boy were not physically injured.

Las Cruces Police found the Escalade parked at a residence on the 2900 block of Lake Valley Avenue and then located Alarcon a few minutes later after he hitched a ride with some friends.

Alarcon was arrested and subsequently transported to the Dona Ana County Detention Center with a cash-only bond set at $25,000.