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Blomkest man faces assault charge for beating woman early Sunday morning

WILLMAR -- A 37-year-old Blomkest man made his first court appearance Monday on a third-degree assault charge for allegedly beating up a woman early Sunday morning.

Unconditional bail was set at $40,000 for Francisco Javier Tamez Jr. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is March 8.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy was called Sunday to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar. A woman there reported she, Tamez and several others had gone to a casino and had been drinking. She said Tamez got jealous that she was talking with a friend and, while they were driving on County Road 15 southwest of town, sped up to 80-90 mph and then engaged the brake, causing the vehicle to go into the ditch. She said he punched her in the face and smashed her face into the gear shift and window and then into the ground when they got out of the vehicle. She had bumps on her head, a swollen eye that was black and blue, swollen nose and lip.

Tamez was arrested and allegedly said they had ongoing domestic issues and he'd "finally snapped" and punched her and smashed her face.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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