Man charged with assaulting girlfriend again

2014-04-21T16:54:00Z 2014-04-22T07:39:03Z Man charged with assaulting girlfriend againBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man previously charged with assaulting his girlfriend appeared in court Monday on a new charge alleging he attacked the same woman Friday.

Robert Thomas Martinez, 30, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on felony charges of partner or family member assault and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Judge David A. Carter agreed with a request from Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Mark English and set bond at $15,000 on top of the $7,500 bond Martinez has posted in a pending assault case involving the same woman.

English also said Martinez has two prior misdemeanor partner or family member assault convictions.

According to charging documents, police responded Friday to a report of an assault in progress in the 3300 block of First Avenue North.

Officers arrived and separated Martinez from a woman identified in court records as his girlfriend.

An officer observed that Martinez appeared to be high. The alleged victim said she and Martinez started fighting, while their 10-month-old child was present, and that he started punching her in the face.

An officer reported that she had swelling and bruising on her forehead and around her eyes and nose.

An affidavit in support of the charges against Martinez says that officers searched him and found two grams of a green substance that field-tested positive as marijuana.

Martinez is scheduled to be arraigned before District Judge Gregory R. Todd on April 29.

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