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Man accused of assaulting sister

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A man accused of striking his older sister at least 20 times with his fists and then hitting her in the face with a toolbox multiple times has been bound over to Chaves County District Court following a preliminary examination in magistrate court.

Javier M. Ward, 31, was bound over for trial in district court Wednesday morning before magistrate judge K. C. Rogers after he was charged Aug. 5 with aggravated battery of great bodily harm, a third-degree felony.

According to a criminal complaint filed by a patrol officer within the Roswell Police Department, on Saturday, Aug. 5 at about 10:45 p.m., authorities were dispatched to a trailer at Easy Living Mobile Home Park at 1337 McCall Loop in reference to an unknown trouble that could potentially be a stabbing.

Police said upon arrival, Luis Gonzales, the boyfriend of the victim, was trying to flag down officers.

“(I) learned from Mr. Gonzales that his girlfriend, Elizabeth Ward, is at the trailer and is hurt real bad,” the officer wrote. “(I) had Mr. Gonzales stay near the street to flag other officers down.”

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Police said they found the 34-year-old woman next to the front door of the trailer.

“She stated that her brother, Javier Ward, beat her up,” the officer wrote.

The officer noted that Elizabeth was bleeding from both her face and arms and that her nose was full of blood.

The victim told police that she was unable to breathe out of her nose. Elizabeth Ward also had bruising all around her nose and eyes, police said.

According to the complaint, the front door to the trailer was open. Two women, ages 48 and 59, were inside. Police instructed both women to wait outside near Gonzales.

After authorities secured the scene, they requested medical personnel to treat Elizabeth Ward’s injuries.

Police continued to speak with the victim, who said after Javier Ward came into the trailer, held her down on a bed and began to hit her continuously.

The victim clarified with authorities that her brother did not stab her.

According to statements from one of the female witnesses, Kelly Parriot, Javier Ward came to the trailer door around 10:30 p.m. and asked her and Jeannette Rothschild to leave.

“He then stated that you need to leave or I will make you leave,” the officer wrote. “Ms. Parriot stated to Javier Ward, ‘No, this isn’t your house.’”

After the woman’s response, the witness told police Javier Ward then began to beat on his sister.

“Ms. Parriot stated that Javier Ward struck her approximately 20 times,” the officer wrote. “Parriot stated that she and Rothschild left the trailer because Javier Ward was throwing Elizabeth Ward around the trailer and over the couch.”

According to the complaint, police were called when Javier Ward began to hold a knife toward Gonzales.

After Javier Ward heard authorities were on the way, he fled the scene on foot, Parriot told police.

According to Gonzales’ statement with the RPD, Javier Ward had hit his sister will “full force” approximately 30 times.

“Mr. Gonzales stated that he was pretty sure that Javier Ward also used a small silver toolbox to strike Elizabeth Ward,” the officer wrote.

The other female witness, Rothschild, told authorities that she was showing Parriot a photo off of her phone when a man that she didn’t know came into the trailer.

“Rothschild stated that she ran out of the trailer with Parriot and Elizabeth Ward was getting beat up for approximately three to five minutes,” the officer wrote.

After medical personnel treated Elizabeth Ward at the scene, police spoke with the victim again.

“(She) stated Javier Ward bit her right finger and pinned her down to the bed while he was striking her with his fists,” the officer wrote. “Elizabeth Ward also stated that Javier struck her in the face with the silver toolbox multiple times.”

The victim told police she was going to Lovelace Regional Hospital in Roswell for further medical treatment.

The father of Elizabeth and Javier, Raymond Ward, eventually arrived to the scene.

Javier Ward was going to beat up his sister when he could find her, the father had told his daughter.

According to the complaint, Raymond Ward said the reason Javier was going to hurt his sister was because he had not seen her for a couple days.

According to Gonzales’ statement with the RPD, Elizabeth Ward came home the night of Aug. 5 after spending four days at her friend’s place.

Officers searched for Javier Ward within the area, but were unable to find him. Police said a silver toolbox with blood on it was seized and booked as evidence at the RPD.

Police said photographs of the scene and Elizabeth Ward’s injuries were also taken. The victim told authorities that she did want to press charges against her brother.

During a follow-up with Elizabeth Ward, police said the victim provided documentation from Lovelace detailing her injuries. According to Elizabeth Ward’s statement with police, she did have a fractured nose as a result of the incident with Javier Ward.

On Aug. 9, a warrant for the arrest of Javier Ward was issued.

According to online court records, a preliminary examination for Javier Ward was held Wednesday morning.

During the examination, the case was bound over by magistrate judge K. C. Rogers into Fifth Judicial District Court in Chaves County.

Three photographic pieces of evidence have been admitted in the state of New Mexico v. Javier Ward case, two of which display Elizabeth Ward’s injuries both up close and from afar, and the third, an article of clothing next to miscellaneous items covered with drops of blood.

Javier Ward, who is being represented by a public defender, will be prosecuted by a member of the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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