Man wakes up, beats up woman, police say

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By David Giuliani

A drunken man who repeatedly struck a woman in a van he was riding in is now facing a misdemeanor aggravated battery charge.

Brian B. Montoya, 31, 901 Pecos St., was arrested early in the morning of March 19.

According to a criminal complaint, the officer met with the victim at a home on Grand Avenue. The victim said she was riding in a van with three others when Montoya, who was passed out, awoke and asked her who she was.

The victim identified herself, and he told her he didn’t care who she was and he punched her a few times, the criminal complaint states.

She defended herself and struck him in the mouth. He told her he was going to have a fat lip and allegedly began punching her again.

The victim told officers that Montoya punched her many times in the face and body, which caused bruising to her upper right arm and swelling to the left side of her forehead, state police said.

The victim believed that Montoya may have been at a house in the 700 block of Tilden Street. When an officer showed up, Montoya was there, but he said he didn’t know what the victim was talking about and that he didn’t even know who she was.

He also said he had been at the house all evening, according to the complaint.

A woman with Montoya also said at first that she didn’t know what the officer was talking about. But when the officer confronted the woman with the victim’s statement, the woman said the victim was drunk and out of control, but wouldn’t elaborate further.