Man charged with assaulting 20-year-old girlfriend

A 22-year-old man was arrested after he reportedly body slammed his girlfriend on a coffee table, choked her and stabbed an air mattress she was laying on with a kitchen knife.

Mykal Robert Thomas Gutierrez was charged Wednesday morning with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (family violence), a second-degree felony.

The assault happened at 2:48 a.m. at the Fairgreen Apartment Homes, an Odessa Police Department affidavit stated.

Officers made contact with a woman, identified as Gutierrez’s 20-year-old girlfriend, who was crying in the parking lot, the affidavit detailed. Officers reportedly saw multiple, large, red scratches on both of her arms. Gutierrez’s girlfriend stated the scratches were from her boyfriend assaulting her.

Gutierrez’s girlfriend stated she and Gutierrez were in a verbal argument in the apartment and her boyfriend had taken her phone away from her, the affidavit stated. She stated Gutierrez became physical with her in the living room and picked her up and body slammed her onto the coffee table, which caused large dark bruising on her arms.

The woman also stated Gutierrez continued the assault by getting on top of her, holding her down, placing one hand over her mouth and another hand on her throat, the affidavit stated. Gutierrez also reportedly impeded her breathing for a short time.

Gutierrez’s girlfriend stated she was lying on an air mattress next to the coffee table and reportedly told Gutierrez that she “felt uncomfortable.” Gutierrez reportedly told his girlfriend “you want to feel uncomfortable?” Gutierrez grabbed a knife with a black handle and a silver blade and stabbed the air mattress his girlfriend was lying on.

Gutierrez’s girlfriend stated she felt in immediate danger of being seriously hurt, the affidavit stated. Officers saw a slash mark in the air mattress where Gutierrez’s girlfriend stated she was lying.

Gutierrez was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He has one bond totaling $50,000 and was still in custody as of Wednesday afternoon, jail records show.