Regional
2:42 pm
Tue May 3, 2011

Las Cruces Woman Arrested In Brutal Attack On Boyfriend

Las Cruces – Las Cruces Police arrested a woman who bit off the lower lip of her boyfriend during a heated argument Sunday evening.

Aurelia Lorena Reyes, 26, is charged with one count of aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily injury, a third-degree felony. Reyes was arrested Monday and is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.

At around 11 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Las Cruces Police were called to the Coachlight Inn at 301 S. Motel Blvd. where officers found the victim with a bloody face. The 35-year-old man was transported to a local hospital and then, because of the severity of his injuries, to University Medical Center of El Paso.

His injuries are not life-threatening.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Reyes got into a heated argument with her boyfriend and was told to leave the premises. At some point during the dispute Reyes grabbed her boyfriend's head and bit off his lower lip.

The victim's lower lip landed on the pavement, approximately two feet from the door of the couple's apartment. It was preserved on ice and transported with the victim to the hospital.

Reyes left the area and told detectives that she spent the night in the playground of an elementary school. She turned herself in to police on Monday.