Police: Man beat woman, strangled her
A Grand Junction man is facing a first-degree assault charge after being accused of brutally beating and strangling a woman to the point that she passed out and afterward lost some memory, court records said.
Landon Vince Armijo, 23, was originally arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge involving a 23-year-old woman in April, after police received several calls about an assault at the A&W Mobile Home Park near North Avenue and 28½ Road, an affidavit for his arrest said.
At her first interview April 14, the woman — who had scratches on her neck and a bruised and bloodshot eye — told officers she had scratched herself and fallen down on a wood pile.
A witness, however, told police that Armijo had punched the woman in the stomach outside the trailer. Another witness described hearing the struggle and a woman screaming for help.
Several weeks later, the victim met with a deputy district attorney and district attorney investigator and again denied anything physical happened between her and Armijo. She also sent an email claiming responsibility for her injuries and asking for the restraining order to be dropped.
A few days later, a police officer drove past the trailer and saw Armijo — who was restrained from contacting the victim — getting into an SUV with her. A warrant was issued for Armijo, who was rearrested.
On July 28, the victim met again with law enforcement, and said that Armijo had in fact assaulted her, the report said. She said that on April 14, Armijo had strangled her using his arms and at one point both hands until the point that she passed out three different times.
“(She) said during that incident she felt a lot of physical pain, faintness, she saw ‘black spots’ when being choked out, she had memory loss due to being unconscious, she had trouble breathing and swallowing and she had trouble speaking to the point where she was sent home from work the days following,” the affidavit said.
The woman said Armijo also punched her, elbowed her and threw her into a wall during the incident. She said she tried to take refuge in the bathroom, but he “broke open the door, choked her out again for approximately 10 minutes and during this episode she struck her head on the washing machine when she fell, causing her to pass out,” according to the affidavit.
The woman said Armijo also forced her to send the email to the district attorney’s investigator.
“Armijo told (the woman) that the DA would try and manipulate her and that she needed to make her statement ‘believable,’” the report said.
Armijo, who is facing felony counts of first-degree assault, tampering and other offenses, appeared in Mesa County Court Thursday where Judge Craig Henderson ordered him held in lieu of a $100,000 cash-only bond.