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Boonville man alleged to have struck boy during argument

By WKTV News

BOONVILLE, N.Y. (WKTV) - A traffic stop by police led to an arrest for a domestic dispute earlier in the evening when police determined the driver of the stopped vehicle was on her way to the police station to report the incident.

According to Village of Boonville Police, officers stopped a vehicle on Main Street in the village around 8:44 p.m. on Thursday. The vehicle was stopped for driving with no lights on, police said.

The driver of the vehicle - Lisa Garcia, 36, of Boonville - told police that she was on her way to the village Police Station to tell them that her estranged ex-husband - Ernesto Garcia, 35, also of Boonville - was at her home to watch a football game earlier in the evening when he got into a verbal argument with her 12 year old child and struck the child in the face with his hand.

Lisa Garcia told police she asked her ex-husband to leave the residence several times, but he refused to leave, taking the phone from her when she was about to call 911, holding onto the phone to prevent her from calling the police. She told police she then removed the children from the residence and was driving to the police station when she was stopped by police.

Police said the 12 year old boy suffered minor injuries to the face and Lisa Garcia had no injuries at the scene.

At 10:58 p.m. That night, officers responded to Ernesto Garcia's residence and charged him with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree trespassing, two counts of second-degree harassment, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Ernesto Garcia was taken into custody without incident and brought to the Boonville Police Station for processing. He was arraigned in the Town of Steuben Court and sent to the Oneida County Jail on $1,500 bail or $3,000 bond.

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