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Man allegedly head-butts deputy during arrest


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A Dexter man was arrested Friday night after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and her mother, damaging some property and head-butting a sheriff’s deputy.

Chris Morales (Submitted Photo)

Chris Morales, 23, was apprehended by Chaves County sheriff’s deputies Friday, June 4, following a reported domestic disturbance near his 200 block of Tumbleweed Road residence, according to court documents.

When they arrived at the scene, deputies found Morales on the porch of a nearby house. Court records state he resisted efforts by deputies to place him in a marked patrol unit by pushing back against the deputies and sitting on the ground.

He later also reportedly used the back of his head to head-butt a deputy who was trying to get him into the vehicle, causing a red mark and swelling on the deputy’s face, according to court records.

Morales’ girlfriend later told deputies that he broke her television and forced her into the restroom after becoming upset. He then allegedly pushed and slapped her when she tried to exit. The girlfriend’s mother was also allegedly struck by Morales.

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In her statement to deputies, Morales’ girlfriend said she was soon able to force her way out of the bathroom and the residence in order to call 911.

Morales then fled to his girlfriend’s grandmother’s house nearby, where he reportedly took one of the flower pots on her front porch and threw it at the front door, breaking the pot and the framing around the window glass.

Electronic court records state Morales now faces one count each of battery upon a peace officer; battery; battery against a household member; criminal damage to the property of a household member; resisting, evading or obstructing an officer; and false imprisonment.

Judge K.C. Rogers of Chaves County Magistrate Court on Monday set bond for Morales at $5,000 cash or surety, according to court records.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.