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Man accused of trying to strangle girlfriend

Staff Reports

A 40-year-old Wellington man is to appear July 24 in District Court accused of attempting to strangle his girlfriend with an extension cord.

Miguel Rincon-Mata, 40, is facing a felony charge of domestic battery with strangulation.

He is in Douglas County Jail on $10,000 bail, and also has a hold from Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Deputies were called to the victim’s residence on Granite Way in Wellington shortly before 9 p.m. June 28.

The victim had scratches on her face, marks on her neck, and her shirt was torn, according to reports.

She told deputies she had asked Rincon-Mata to move out of their shared residence. They reconciled briefly, but following another argument, she decided to pack his belongings into his truck and ask him to leave.

According to reports, he lured her to a closet while he was concealing an extension cord in his hands. He reportedly wrapped the cord around her neck and choked her into unconsciousness.

When she came to, the victim said Rincon-Mata had found a handgun, and was threatening to kill himself. She took the gun and hid it near the fireplace.

The woman said she took Rincon-Mata’s car keys and drove his belongings to a neighbor’s. She said he caught up with her and chased her, and she began calling for help. A witness called 911 to report the incident.

Rincon-Mata took off on foot, but deputies found him back at the victim’s residence hiding in a shed under a mattress. He had a blood-alcohol content of .113. Rincon-Mata denied striking the victim.