Man attempts murder, rape

July 20, 2011 • Local News

A family gathering turned lethal on Sunday when, after all other guests left, the ex-boyfriend drenched the hostess with [auth] gasoline and threatened to ignite the two of them. Jonatan Cano, 27, was charged with the attempted murder and rape, Monday.

Shortly after noon Sunday, the Roswell Police were notified of a potentially deadly domestic violence incident.

Officers were called to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center where the 50-year-old victim was being treated for potential chemical burns caused by gasoline in the ears. The woman reported to officers that her exboyfriend had showed up at a family gathering, but stayed after everyone left.

She stated that Cano poured gasoline on both of them. “He said to her he was going to use the kitchen stove. He dragged her into the kitchen and threatened to turn up the gas,” said RPD Public Information Officer Travis Holley.

The victim said when she told Cano to leave he became violent. He ran to the garage, grabbed a gas can and doused them.

“He took her phone and held her against her will for 8 or 9 hours. He’s also accused of raping her,” said Holley.

“This was a highly dangerous situation. The fumes could have ignited at any time. She was fortunate to escape.” The police located the suspect who resides in the 1000 block of East First Street.

“He admitted to being here illegaly,” Holley said, although he did not know if Immigration and Customs Enforcement had been notified yet. Holley wanted to remind victims of domestic violence, “There’s help available, but the victim has to take that first step.”

Cano was taken to the Chaves County Detention Center, early Monday morning on the charges of attempted murder, criminal sexual penetration. false imprisonment and interference with communications. Cano is being held on $75,000 surety bond.

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