Jesus Marquez
Jesus Marquez (Courtesy of San Juan County Sheriff's Office)

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was arrested for allegedly battering his 26-year-old girlfriend.

Jesus Marquez, 33, was arrested on Tuesday, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. When confronted by deputies, Marquez allegedly pulled a foot-long knife out of his pants, but he was subdued before the situation escalated.

The deputies learned of the battery through Marquez's mother, who they met with on Sunday after Marquez allegedly broke the windows of her car.

His mother took a friend with her to the home of Marquez and his girlfriend off of the La Plata Highway to rescue the girlfriend, police said. As his mother drove away, Marquez smashed her car windows, according to the press release.

The girlfriend told deputies that on June 3, she and Marquez argued during a party. During the argument, Marquez allegedly kicked her, threw her to the ground and punched her in the head before his brothers intervened.

Another argument occurred the following day at their residence, according to the press release. During the argument, Marquez allegedly straddled his girlfriend and told her one of them was going to die before he pulled out a pocket knife and made a slashing motion, grazing her neck and causing a small cut. He also allegedly jabbed her in the side with the knife, jabbed himself in the chest and dragged the knife against his throat. Because the knife was dull, neither of them were seriously hurt, according to the press release.

Deputies found injuries on the woman's body corroborating her story, according to the press release.

Marquez is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond. He has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery against a household member with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment, misdemeanor battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.