- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A Mesilla Park man sought by authorities in the beating of his girlfriend has surrendered to the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office.

Dona Ana County Sheriff’s investigators say 30-year-old Ernesto Vasquez turned himself in Friday in Las Cruces.

Vasquez is suspected of hitting his 28-year-old girlfriend in the face during an argument Feb. 1.

Authorities say the victim’s eye was swollen shut and will require plastic surgery.

Vasquez has been charged with one count of aggravated battery against a household member causing great bodily harm and one count of battery against a household member.

He is being held at a county detention center on $25,000 bond.

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