Longmont Man Arrested for Allegedly Strangling Ex-girlfriend
Longmont police on Thursday arrested a man they allege beat and strangled his ex-girlfriend until he tore an artery in her neck.
Online court records indicate Reo Thomas Jr. Contreras, 37, is being held on suspicion of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree burglary, domestic violence habitual offender, violating a protection order, and child abuse.
The incident is alleged to have occurred on Tuesday morning at an apartment where the woman lives with her young child, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Police responded to the apartment after they were notified by a third person that the woman had been beaten by Contreras. The woman was at first hesitant to speak with officers as she was concerned that it would only make matters worse, according to the affidavit.
The woman agreed to be taken to Longmont United Hospital where a doctor, concerned about the marks on the woman’s neck, had her undergo a CT scan which revealed she had sustained a dissected cartoid artery which put her at risk for a stroke, according to the affidavit.
Contreras was convicted of felony assault in Boulder District Court in September stemming from a separate incident in June when he assaulted the same woman. In that case, which has since been reopened, Contreras was sentenced to probation and time served. He is currently legally restrained from being around the woman or her child.
Contreras has prior convictions for possession of a controlled substance, felony menacing and violating a protective order, according to online court records. According to Longmont police, he has three previous domestic violence-related convictions which allowed police to pursue a habitual offender charge against him.
He is expected to be formally charged on Tuesday. He is being held on a $100,000 bond at the Boulder County Jail.
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