A Rio Rancho man could face multiple battery charges after getting into an argument with his wife over a stroller last month.
At about 6:50 a.m. April 8, the Rio Rancho Police Department responded to a domestic violence call on the 800 block of Tarpon Avenue.
When they arrived, they learned that 59-year-old Mauro Uzzauto and his wife had gotten into a squabble in their bedroom.
After she took their boy out of the stroller and held him, the suspect walked around the stroller then allegedly grabbed her neck, pushed and pinned her against the wall, and squeezed her neck causing her not to be able to breathe, according to a criminal complaint.
Uzzauto then allegedly punched her in the forehead. She said she retaliated by punching the suspect twice in the face while he told police she hit him several times in the chest. Uzzauto’s right hand was injured when he attempted to block the punches.
After being punched, he took the baby from her arms and she went outside to call RRPD, the complaint states.
When the police arrived, they saw that the right side of her neck was red and the upper left portion of her forehead was slightly swollen.
Uzzauto’s right side of his chest was red.
The suspect was taken to Sandoval Regional Medical Center to be examined for his injuries before being sent to the Sandoval County Detention Center.
Uzzauto could face charges of alleged aggravated battery against a household member (strangulation or suffocation), a third-degree felony, and battery against a household member, a misdemeanor.
He did not plea at his May 2 initial appearance.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. May 24.
If convicted, Uzzauto could get up to 4 years in prison and pay a $6,000 fine