Man faces charges after allegedly assaulting live-in girlfriend

BY MATT STARNS | AUGUST 31, 2012 6:30 AM

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An Iowa City man faces multiple charges after allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend on Aug. 26.

According to a series of Iowa City police complaints, Romario Cardoza, 22, 2401 Highway 6 E. Apt. 4402, was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation with his girlfriend, who shared his address. His girlfriend attempted to lock herself in the bathroom to get away from him, according to the complaints.

Cardoza allegedly entered the bathroom and struck his girlfriend in the back of the head with a bag of clothes, the complaints said. She then left the bathroom, according to the complaints, and tried to hit Cardoza with a frying pan from the kitchen.

Cardoza allegedly held her against the wall while choking her with his forearm and hands, according to the complaints. He then allegedly straddled her on the ground and punched her twice in the left eye, the complaint said. He then allegedly covered her mouth with his hand, preventing normal breathing.

The complaints said officers received a complaint by the girlfriend about the assault on Aug. 29 and called Cardoza about an interview regarding the assault. Cardoza allegedly said he would call officers back. The complaints said he was located a short time later at his girlfriend’s place of work, where he was hiding with the lights off. His girlfriend, the complaints said, said Cardoza had intimidated his way into her place of work and tried to persuade her and her friend to lie about the injuries and say that they were caused by a car collision with a deer. The complaints said Cardoza intentionally caused three dents to his girlfriend’s car in an attempt to make it look like she had hit a deer.

Cardoza is charged with tampering with a witness, second-degree criminal mischief, and domestic-abuse assault with strangulation—a Class-D felony.

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