An arrest warrant has been issued for a Roswell man accused in late-March of punching his girlfriend and later threatening to kill her entire family if she called authorities.
According to online court records, a bench warrant for 27-year-old Ivan Milles was signed off by Chaves County Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers on Tuesday after the defendant failed to attend his preliminary hearing.
On March 31, Milles was arrested by a Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputy per a pre-adjudication warrant for the March 28 charges of battery against a household member, a misdemeanor, and bribery of a witness, a third-degree felony.
As Milles was taken into custody, he was also charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon, a petty misdemeanor.
Two days later, Milles was released on his own recognizance.
According to the affidavit by Roswell Police Department’s Scott Wrenn, the RPD officer had performed a welfare check on a woman in the 1000 block of South Union Avenue after the woman’s co-worker had called authorities.
“The caller stated (the victim) may have been beaten up and was possibly at the neighbor’s house,” Wrenn wrote. “(I) responded to the house, but no one answered the door. Officer went to (the victim’s home at South Union) and knocked with no response.”
Police said while officers were knocking, the woman had arrived at the neighbor’s house.
“When we spoke to her, she was visibly upset and appeared to have some injuries on her face,” Wrenn wrote. “She would not respond to officer’s questions and was extremely timid.”
Police stated they later learned the woman’s injuries were from a domestic-related altercation and that she was afraid to speak to them because her boyfriend could be watching from her house. The woman later agreed to meet with authorities at a church down the street.
Authorities were told by the woman that her boyfriend, Milles, had started an argument related to jealousy issues from the night before.
“She said the altercation got physical by stating he slapped her around, but did not clarify specifics,” Wrenn wrote. “She said he woke her up this morning at 5:30 a.m. by pinning her in the bed. He began to punch her in the face and on her body.”
The victim told police that her daughter had come into the room to see what was going on after she heard the commotion.
“(The victim) said he told her to tell her daughter that everything was fine,” Wrenn wrote. “He then told (his girlfriend) to stop yelling and crying to prevent the daughter from coming in the room. She said he threatened that if she had called the police, he was going to kill her entire family.”
The woman told police the incident lasted until 9:30 a.m.
“During this time, he was telling her to call-in with a family emergency at work,” Wrenn wrote. “She did not call her place of employment, but she skipped work due to the altercation.
“The only reason officers were notified about the incident is because a coworker called in a welfare check because she was a no-call no-show at work.”
Police reported Milles had left the house prior to their arrival and were unable to contact him on the date of the original incident. Police observed the woman’s injuries, as well as text messages from the woman’s phone, which asked her why she had notified police.
“(I) observed (the woman’s) left eye was bruised and the white of her eye appeared to be scratched,” Wrenn wrote. “She also had a bruise on her right wrist. She stated she had other signs of battery on her buttocks and possibly on her legs.
“(The victim) was timid about talking to officers. She stated she feared Mr. Milles would harm her family if she cooperated with officers.”
According to the warrant, Milles will be held on a $25,000 bond upon arrest.
The case is to be prosecuted by a member of the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Milles is being represented by public defender Shuhao Wang.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.