This month Altus has had several domestic violence calls, including four over this weekend. That makes at least 25 domestic disturbances reported so far this month. Two of this weekend’s cases involved violence allegedly perpetrated in front of children.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, at approximately 10:57 a.m., Altus Police officers responded to 1052 Elk St. for a reported domestic assault and battery. According to Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy, “Upon arrival officers immediately observed recent physical injury on the victim. She told officers that her live-in boyfriend had assaulted her.”
Two small children were also in the household during the assault. Chief Murphy said, “Officers entered the residence and made contact with the suspect, Nathan Garcia-Gicotte, 26, who was arrested on a complaint of Domestic Assault and Battery in the presence of a child.”
The following day, Sunday Oct. 28, at 4:25 a.m., Altus Police responded to the 1300 block of Hemlock. Chief Murphy said the caller stated they heard yelling coming from the area. “When officers arrived they saw a male subject on top of a female in front of 1308 Hemlock and had to physically remove the male from the victim,” Murphy stated.
The suspect was 28-year old Michael C. Smith. Chief Murphy said Smith “told officers it was okay to assault his wife because he was her husband.” Smith was arrested and transported to the Jackson County Jail on a complaint of Domestic Abuse in the presence of a child.