NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Kevin El Cavazone, 39, of Mescalaro, New Mexico, who is an enrolled member of the Jicarillo Apache Tribe, has been charged with kidnapping and assaulting his ex-girlfriend in May. According to a criminal complaint, Cavazone allegedly confined his ex-girlfriend at his home on the Mescalero Apache Reservation. Officials say he threatened to harm her and her family if she tried to leave. He also allegedly strangled her.

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The victim was able to escape on May 11 and was able to get ride to a police station a few miles away. If convicted, Cavazone faces up to 10 years in prison for assault of an intimate partner by strangling and up to life in prison for kidnapping.