She calls police from Taco John’s, says it’s not the first time her husband has assaulted her

    A local woman went to Taco Johns in Crookston to call police after she says her husband assaulted her at their home and, when police arrived, she told them this isn’t the first time an assault has happened.

    Jesse Ray Garcia, Jr., 24, is charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation with a maximum penalty of three years in prison, $5,000 in fines, or both.

    According to the court complaint, on May 11, at approximately 9:44 p.m., a Crookston Police officer was dispatched to Taco John’s on a report of domestic assault. The officer met with J.R.A. who stated that she was just assaulted by her husband, Garcia, and that it happened at their home. She said Garcia “attacked her randomly” after he got mad that she went out with her two friends. J.R.A. stated that Garcia choked her, punched her, grabbed her arms tight, kicked her in the ribs, and threw her to the floor. She said this has happened before, but she has never reported it. J.R.A. also told the officer that Garcia had been drinking.

    J.R.A. said she and Garcia had been married since October 2017.

    She continued to tell the officer that Garcia had choked her until she couldn’t breathe, that she thought she was going to die, that she was scared for her life, and that her breathing was restricted while she was choked, said the complaint.

    The officer observed that J.R.A. had visible marks on her neck and forehead along with a bruise and cuts on her arms, marks on her lip, and a bump on her head.

    According to court documents, Garcia was arrested for the assault and for two outstanding warrants in North Dakota for a 2015 DUI and driving under suspension.