FAIRMONT - A 39-year-old Fairmont man faces felony charges of kidnapping, first-degree burglary, domestic assault and terroristic threats.
Oscar Ramiro Arellano is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend's house and not allowing her or her children to leave their Fairmont residence for several days last week.
According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:
On June 11, Arellano had missed a meeting with his probation agent. A condition of Arellano's parole was he was to have no contact with his former girlfriend, and it had been stressed to him that he was to have no contact. However, officials believed Arellano was with the former girlfriend when he missed his parole meeting.
Police went to the former girlfriend's house, and there was no answer. A neighbor reported the woman had come out the night before and had said that Arellano broke into the house and wasn't letting her leave or letting the children go outside to play, and Arellano had also taken away her cell phone and keys to the house. She said the only reason Arellano let her leave was to get groceries because there was no more food in the house.
The woman was located at her parent's residence in Fairmont, and she asked for help because she could not get back into her residence. She told police Arellano had broken into her residence through a window and had not let her leave the residence for several days. When police spoke with her, they noticed she had a patch of hair missing and a small bump where the hair was gone.
Police forced entry into the house and found Arellano hiding under a pile of clothes, and placed him under arrest.
During a second police interview, the woman said she had friends staying with her because she was afraid of Arellano. During the night, Arellano broke in through a back window. Once inside, he would not let the woman or the children leave. The woman said during that time Arellano had threatened and attempted to rape her, but she fought back and he assaulted her by grabbing and pulling her by her hair. She said Arellano threatened to kill her and the children if she wouldn't stay with him.
One of the friends who had been at the residence was interviewed. She had a swollen eye and confirmed that she was at the house the night Arellano gained access, and that Arellano either hit her or kneed her in the face.
Another other friend staying at the residence tackled Arellano, who then apologized, saying he believed the duo were his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
Arellano was interviewed at the law enforcement center, and said he had only gone over to visit the children, and no one was there, and he came in through the front door.
He admitted that he and his ex argued and that he has a problem with jealousy and anger because he believed his ex was with another man. Arellano denied he had assaulted his ex, but admitted he didn't let the woman leave the house. He said he hid from police because he didn't want to go back to jail.
A background check showed Arellano was convicted of domestic assault in Iowa in 2005, and also convicted of domestic assault in Martin County in 2012.
The two counts of kidnapping, and two counts of first-degree burglary each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine.
A felony domestic assault charge and terroristic threats charge each carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Arellano also faces a gross misdemeanor of assault within three years of a previous conviction; maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $3,000 fine.