Man charged with domestic-abuse assault

BY MATT STARNS | AUGUST 20, 2012 6:30 AM

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A Burlington man has been accused of assaulting a woman at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Michael Garcia, 24, was charged Aug. 17 with domestic-abuse assault impeding normal breathing.

According to a UI police complaint, Garcia woke up the mother of his child — who was sleeping in her room at the hospital — by pulling her hair. The complaint said she tried to scratch Garcia’s face to get away, and he allegedly bit her on the arm. She told police officials he put his hand around her throat and started to choke her, making it difficult for her to breathe.

Garcia allegedly yelled at the officer who arrived on the scene and allegedly argued about being arrested. Garcia also reportedly admitted to being intoxicated.

Domestic-abuse assault impeding normal breathing is an aggravated misdemeanor.

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