Trial set for man charged with domestic battery
October 3, 2011
A 33-year-old Reno man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he tried to strangle the mother of his child causing her to drop the 8-week-old boy on a motel bathroom floor.
Suspect Roberto Gonzalez told District Judge Michael Gibbons he wanted to “fast track” his case, and was unwilling to waive his right to a trial within 60 days.
Gibbons set Nov. 16 for a three-day trial.
Gonzalez is charged with five charges in the Sept. 11 incident, including battery that constitutes domestic violence committed by strangulation; battery that constitutes domestic violence with two or more priors; child endangerment; aggravated stalking; and dissuading a victim from reporting a crime.
Gonzalez has prior domestic violence convictions from July 2006 and Aug. 23.
He was arrested Sept. 11 after deputies were summoned to the Village Motel in Gardnerville by a woman who said she heard yelling and “knocking around” in a guest room.
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According to reports, Gonzalez had been released recently from jail in Reno.
Officers said at first, the alleged victim was too frightened to talk, but they observed fresh claw marks on her neck.
Gonzalez denied harming the woman, and said she threw a can at him.
She said she dropped the baby on the bathroom floor when Gonzalez allegedly dragged her out by the hair.
The victim and the infant were examined by paramedics. The baby was unharmed.
According to the criminal complaint, Gonzalez choked the victim into unconsciousness one or more times, threw her cell phone against the wall, threatened to kill her, and ordered her to call his probation officer and say the allegations were a misunderstanding, and nothing happened.
He also reportedly told her to lie to law enforcement and the district attorney’s office.
Gonzalez’s criminal history showed multiple arrests for sales, possession and trafficking in methamphetamine with six guilty pleas and several other felony charges without disposition.
He told officers he was arrested in Reno for domestic battery (strangulation), false imprisonment, kidnapping, first degree and other charges. According to reports, Gonzalez said the charges were dismissed on a “technicality.”