A 35-year-old Pasco man is being held in the Franklin County jail on suspicion of assaulting his live-in girlfriend and having a sawed-off shotgun.
Valentin Escalera-Gonzalez made a preliminary appearance Monday in Franklin County Superior Court. He was arrested Friday by Pasco police on investigation of first-degree assault and possession of firearm.
According to court documents, police were called to the area of North 13th Avenue around 8:15 a.m. Friday for a possible domestic disturbance.
The caller reported a woman, carrying a child, possibly was being pursued by a man in a vehicle. The man, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a photo of a skull on the front, was later identified as Escalera-Gonzalez, documents said.
When Officer Mike Nelson arrived in the area, he saw Escalera-Gonzalez walking back to a car that had been stopped in the middle of the road with its driver's door open.
The victim told officers she lives with Escalera-Gonzalez on North 14th Avenue but has been trying to get away from him for a long time, documents said.
She said when Escalera-Gonzalez found her that morning, he pulled her by her pony tail and wrapped his arms around her as he tried to force her into his car against her will, documents said.
She also disclosed that in January, he loaded two shells into a shotgun, pointed it at her head and told her, "If you leave, ... I will kill you and then myself ...," documents said.
Two weeks later, he reportedly held a knife to her stomach during an argument and said, "You can leave if you want, but before you go, I am going to cut the baby out of your stomach," documents said.
She is four months pregnant with his child, documents said.
The shotgun, which had a 121/2-inch barrel, was recovered from the bedroom the couple share, documents said.
Escalera-Gonzalez has a prior domestic violence conviction with a different woman, documents said.