A Belen man is accused of beating his girlfriend, dragging her by the hair, throwing her over a fence, stuffing dirt in her mouth and nose and threatening her life during a Jan. 27 fight near the village of Ribera.
John Whiteman, 41, of Belen, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and aggravated battery against a household member.
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