WORTHINGTON — Less than two weeks after being sentenced to probation for stabbing someone, a Worthington resident was arrested for another assault of the same victim.
Roberto Gonzales, 51, was arrested Jan. 3 after the victim called the police and reported that Gonzales was drunk, aggressive and had tried to grab and hit them. The victim said they did not feel safe. Officers observed bruises on the victim's arm from where Gonzales allegedly grabbed them.
According to the criminal complaint, Gonzales attempted to escape arrest by jumping out a back window of the home, but officers apprehended him. He was arrested and charged with felony domestic assault and stalking, a felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. If convicted, he will be sentenced based on criminal history.
While being booked into Nobles County Jail, Gonzales reportedly submitted to a preliminary breath test, which read an alcohol level of 0.332%.
Gonzales had received five years of intensive supervised probation in a Dec. 22 hearing for a case in which he stabbed the same victim outside near Centennial Park. In part, his probation conditions included that he was to abstain from alcohol and not have any contact with the victim. He also has two other cases pending which both allege violation of the Domestic Assault No Contact Order regarding the same victim.
Gonzales is being held in Nobles County Jail on bail set at $100,000 with conditions or $200,000 without.
The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org.