Teen charged with felony domestic assault after reportedly choking woman
Batres told officers he'd been struggling with aggression lately.
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man is charged with a felony count of domestic assault by strangulation after reportedly choking a female victim in a Walmart parking lot. Joseph Batres, 18, also faces one count of misdemeanor domestic assault.
On Aug. 1, Worthington dispatch received a call regarding a domestic assault incident that occurred two days prior. Upon arrival at the residence, the officer spoke with the victim.
The victim stated she and Batres had gotten into an argument while parked outside of Walmart in Worthington. According to the report, Batres grabbed the victim by the arm hard enough to bruise when she attempted to get out of the car and walk home. He then reportedly proceeded to pull the victim down and began choking her.
The victim stated she was unsure how long this went on for, but that she was choked to the point where breathing was difficult. When people began walking toward the vehicle, Batres let the victim go.
Back at the victim’s residence, Batres reportedly again grabbed the victim as she was exiting the vehicle, this time by her hair and wrist. Inside the home, the victim stated Batres began slapping and choking the victim once more.
Law enforcement observed marks on the victim’s neck and arm.
Officers arrived at Batres’ home, where he was outside waiting for them. Batres reportedly confirmed the victim’s statements as true and said he had gotten mad because the victim was going to leave him. He also told officers he was struggling with his aggression lately.
Batres was arrested and transported to the Nobles County Jail. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 17.
If convicted, Batres faces a maximum sentence of three years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both for the felony-level domestic assault charge. The misdemeanor domestic assault charge carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
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 .