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Police: Local man's ex-wife threatened with gun, kidnapped

February 17, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A 22-year-old man arrested by police from this city and Brawley for allegedly kidnapping and beating his ex-wife and reportedly threatening her with a gun was in county jail Saturday with his bail set at $100,000.

Carlos Morales Garcia was arrested at his Brawley home Thursday two days after he reportedly kidnapped and assaulted his ex-wife, according to Calexico police Sgt. Armando Marquez.

Calexico police have headed the investigation after Garcia's ex-wife contacted authorities shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday. The woman, whose identity was not available, lives in Calexico.

According to Marquez, the woman told officials she and her ex-husband were in Brawley to do their income taxes when the two got into an argument about the woman seeing another man.

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Garcia reportedly told the woman he had to go to Mexicali to retrieve some papers for their taxes.

The woman told police at some point in Mexicali, Garcia again started accusing her of seeing another man. An argument ensued during which the woman was reportedly battered, Marquez said.

The woman insisted Garcia take her to her house in Calexico. Garcia drove her to the city but refused to take her home.

The woman reportedly was continuing to be battered at that time, police said.

As the pair traveled east on State Route 98 approaching Meadows Road, the woman attempted to dial 911 on her cellular phone.

Police said the woman reported Garcia hit her and took the phone from her.

Later, near the intersection of State Route 98 and Highway 111, the woman tried to exit the vehicle but was unable to get out, police said.

The two again crossed the border into Mexico and drove to an unknown, secluded area of Mexicali where the woman was allegedly threatened with a gun and told not to report the incident, Marquez said.

As the two drove back toward the border, Garcia dropped the woman off at the downtown port of entry where she contacted authorities.

With the assistance of Brawley police, Garcia was arrested at his residence at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Marquez said the FBI will be notified because the incidents took place on both sides of the border.

Garcia was booked on counts of spousal battery, a misdemeanor, and kidnapping, a felony.

Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3441.

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