Complaint: Black Berets president arrested on domestic violence charges

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Inmate_ImageA man identified in court documents as the president of the Black Berets Motorcycle Club was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of beating up a woman and holding a gun to her head in front of her two young children.

Ronald Chavez, 45, is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond for child abuse, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and felon in possession of a firearm charges.

Police said he was staying at another Black Beret member’s house and he assaulted that member’s sister. The assault happened on April 21 but the woman didn’t report the crime until Tuesday because she feared of retaliation, according to the criminal complaint.

Albuquerque area law enforcement have said the Black Beret’s are a motorcycle club affiliated with the Bandidos Motorcycle Gang. The Department of Justice considers the Bandidos to be a criminal organization that trades drugs and weapons and is involved in violent crime, according to the department’s website.

Police said on April 21 Chavez got into an argument with the woman over rent. She told police that he punched her in the face and she fell to floor. Then he grabbed her by the hair and started to “hammer punch” her, according to the criminal complaint. Police described the punch by stating he made a fist with his thumb up and repeatedly struck her with the side of his fist.

Chavez then took the woman outside and held a gun to her head, according to the complaint. The woman’s 5 and 8-year-old children were begging Chavez not to shoot their mom as he cocked the pistol, according to the court documents.

A neighbor came outside and Chavez released the woman and fired two shots into the air. She left with the children and called police the next week, according to the documents.

Chavez was convicted of aggravated battery in 1995, possession of a firearm by a felony in 2000 and felony drunken driving in 2005, according to a state court website.

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