Assaults on wife called felonious
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
October 14, 2008 · 4:08 PM
A 21-year-old Oak Harbor man is facing multiple felony charges for choking and assaulting his wife on three separate occasions, according to court documents.
Prosecutors charged Felix Gonzalez, a member of the Navy, in Island County Court Sept. 30 with three counts of second-degree assault by strangulation and one count of interfering with reporting domestic violence.
Gonzalez pleaded not guilty Oct. 6. Judge Alan Hancock signed a domestic violence no-contact order barring Gonzalez from any contact, including third-person contact, with the alleged victim.
Detective Teri Gardner with the Oak Harbor Police investigated the case after the 23-year-old woman reported being assaulted Sept. 20.
The woman claimed that Gonzalez choked her, punched her, kicked her and tried to break her ankle or leg, Gardner wrote. He also broke the phone when she tried to call for help, the report indicates.
During an interview, the woman claimed that Gonzalez had assaulted her before. She showed the detective photos of her injuries after he assaulted her following a night with friends July 14, the report states.
Gardner described photos showing extensive bruising all over the woman’s body, including bite marks on her shoulder and chest. There was a large bruise on her throat and broken blood vessels in the whites of her eyes.
The woman said Gonzalez choked her until she passed out, the report states. The next morning she suffered a miscarriage.
In addition, the woman said her husband assaulted her on Aug. 22. She claimed he choked her, dragged her by the hair, and kicked her in the stomach and back, injuring her so badly she had to be carried up the stairs, the report indicates.
Gardner noted that the woman was reluctant to talk about the alleged abuse.
“Gonzales’ pattern of behavior has been to undermine (the victim), to have total control over her, to the extent that she kept from almost everyone how Felix was physically, mentally and emotionally harming her,” Gardner wrote. “Time and time again, (she) has remained with Felix because he promised ‘I will never do this to you again. It will be better.’ She has been convinced that the blame is hers.”
In her report, the detective wrote that she interviewed Gonzales and that he never denied strangling or hitting his wife. He admitted he might benefit from anger management and said “he had never done this to any other girl,” the report shows.
If convicted of the charges, Gonzales would face a minimum of a year and three months in prison under the standard sentencing range.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.