LAS CRUCES - A Santa Teresa woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly attacking her boyfriend with a fork and biting him.
Jazmine Ortega, 20, of the 100 block of Comerciantes Boulevard was charged Aug. 6 in Doña Ana County Magistrate Court with two counts of aggravated assault against a household member with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, according to court records.
Ortega and her boyfriend were arguing throughout the evening of Aug. 5, according to court records. They'd gone to Dave and Buster's in El Paso to watch a televised fight.
Afterward, the two went to their apartment complex, where a party on behalf of Ortega's boss was being hosted at a neighbor's home. The two began arguing, and the boyfriend left the party to "avoid fighting in front of other people," court records state. He reportedly locked himself in the couple's bedroom because he thought she'd attack him, such as by scratching him.
But Ortega "broke down the door to the bedroom to get him," and the victim to begin videoing the incident, according to court records.
The man told investigators he was trying to get away from Ortega, and he told her not to hit him. But she responded saying she was "going to hit him," according to court documents.
At one point, Ortega grabbed an item from the floor that the victim initially thought was a knife, court records state. It turned out later to be a metal fork.
Ortega allegedly hit her boyfriend about 10 times with the hand holding the metal fork, according to investigators. She also allegedly grabbed him and began biting him.
The boyfriend said he pushed Ortega off of him "with a lot of force" and then left the apartment. Ortega then called 911, prompting deputies to arrive.
Before the incident, Ortega had made a call to the neighbor who was hosting the party, asking her to go to the couple's apartment. The neighbor did, arriving in time to see them "hitting each other," and she told authorities she saw a Ortega holding a silver object that she "used to strike the victim," court records state.
The neighbor, according to court documents, thought Ortega was "punching more than she was hitting him (her boyfriend) with the object." The neighbor said she tried to hold Ortega back, but Ortega yelled at her to let her go.
The boyfriend had "abrasions to the right side of his face, both legs, his back, the right side of his torso, and his chest," according to DASO detectives. The bedroom door in the couple's apartment also showed damage, authorities said.
Ortega was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on Aug. 5, according to county records. She's since been released.