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A man has been charged after prosecutors say he forced his way into the home of his ex-girlfriend Sunday, prompting her to stab him in fear for her life.

Gered Vance Archuleta, 19, appeared Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a single count of burglary, a felony. Justice of the Peace David Carter set bond at $75,000 and required GPS monitoring if Archuleta is released. 

Archuleta forced his way into the woman’s home in the Billings South Side, breaking windows when the woman declined to let him in. Officers arriving on scene said the front door to the residence was “broken down completely,” charges state.

The woman had asked her friend, who was in the home with her, to call 911 and retrieve a knife when Archuleta began breaking windows, charges state. The woman tried to hold the front door shut, but Archuleta broke through, pushing her to the ground. She stabbed him twice in the shoulder and back area.

The woman’s four children, all younger than 10, were in the home at the time.

In a statement to police, the woman said she had recently ended a relationship with Archuleta and that he had been violent with her in the past, including strangling and punching her.

Archuleta was taken for treatment to Billings Clinic, where he admitted to police he had gone to the home, smashed windows and broken down the door, charges state.

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.