WOODBURY - A St. Paul man was arrested Nov. 11 for allegedly strangling and assaulting his girlfriend in a Woodbury motel room.
Jose Santos Barrios, 33, has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, as well as misdemeanor domestic assault and providing an officer with false identification. He faces up to three years in county jail and $5,000 if convicted, and up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 for each misdemeanor.
Barrios was released with conditions, including a domestic abuse no-contact order, on Nov. 14. His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 28.
According to the criminal complaint:
At 11:24 a.m. Nov. 11, Woodbury police responded to a report that a woman had been assaulted by her boyfriend in a room at the Key Inn.
Officers made contact with a man, a woman and an infant in Room 119. The woman had a swollen right eye and swollen nose with dried blood on it, and she appeared to have been crying. The woman said the man in the room with them was not the man who assaulted her. She said the man who assaulted her was her boyfriend and that she didn't know where he was. She said the man in the room was a friend and that she had called him because she knew he would help her. The man provided a Mexican photo ID card. Police later learned that the information on the card was false, and the man in the room was eventually identified as Barrios. Barrios said he had come to the hotel because the woman called him and said she needed help because her boyfriend had attacked her. He said he had come to the room immediately and had arrived before the police. The woman was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital in Woodbury. The surveillance footage was inconsistent with Barrios' claim that he had rushed to the room after being called by the woman. The video allegedly showed that at about 9:45 a.m., the woman appeared able-bodied. Within the 12 hours preceding the call to police, no male was seen entering or leaving the room. Officers also noted a cut on Barrios' right hand.
Barrios later made statements that were inconsistent with the surveillance video. He claimed he had not even known the woman was in the area until she called him. Barrios said his phone had a low battery, so the call from the woman probably wouldn't show up on his phone. Officers spoke with the woman at Regions Hospital. She said she was scared and could not believe she was attacked while holding her baby. The woman said her baby had woken up at midnight and that she and her boyfriend had argued throughout the night. When officers told the woman that the video surveillance did not match the story she and Barrios were telling, she told officers that Barrios is her boyfriend and that he assaulted her.