Alleged gang member accused of choking girlfriend during argument


According to court documents, a woman who was in a 6-month dating relationship with the defendant, Fernando Morales, says on June 15, they were drinking at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant on Weslayan when they had an argument. She says the two left the restaurant and got into the backseat of one of his family member's vehicles when the woman claims the argument continued and Morales grabbed her by the neck and squeezed her neck forcibly, causing her to nearly lose consciousness.

Once she recovered, the woman alleges Morales then swung his left forearm at her nose, at which point blood started pouring out. She says Morales then began choking her again and that she couldn't breathe.

Court documents state the woman took pictures of her injuries the next day and reported the incident to police a few days later, despite the face that she says she was afraid of Morales.

Police say the photos showed evidence of bruising to her eyes, nose, neck, arm and hip area. They also say her nose appeared to be broken.

According to police, Morales is a member of the Houstone/Tango Blast gang. They add that Morales is a clear and present danger to the woman.

Morales, 28, is charged with assault of a family member and impeding breathing. Court records show he's a second time offender for assault of a family member and has been convicted for deadly conduct, both in 2011.

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