Man seen on video knocking out girlfriend in parking lot of South Bay motel may withdraw guilty plea

Posted at 1:44 PM, Nov 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-30 19:16:54-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A man who was seen on surveillance video kicking his girlfriend into unconsciousness in the parking lot of a South Bay motel may file a motion to withdraw his guilty plea, his attorney told a judge Wednesday.

Dorian Chavez Anguiano, 42, pleaded guilty last month to a charge of domestic violence resulting in a traumatic condition, admitting that he personally inflicted great bodily injury on the victim.

Alternate Public Defender Brooke LaFrance told Judge Garry Haehnle that in the next couple of months, she will decide whether to file a motion to withdraw Anguiano's plea.

A hearing was set for Jan. 20. Under the terms of his current plea, Anguiano would be sentenced to seven years in state prison.

The victim asked the judge to lift a no-contact order so that Anguiano could help her with her alcoholism, but the judge declined.

Surveillance video captured images of a man later identified as Anguiano driving into a parking area at the lodge on Broadway in Chula Vista with a female passenger shortly after 7 p.m. on Aug. 6, according to police.

The security-camera footage then shows the couple getting out of the sedan and the man hurrying around to the passenger side, where he kicks the woman twice -- first in the back, knocking her to the ground, and then in the head, after which she is still.

At that point, the assailant struggles to pick up the limp victim and loads her into the car before getting back behind the wheel and driving off.

Investigators identified the suspect and victim with help from witness statements and the surveillance images, which were released to the news media. Officers located the woman later in the evening, and paramedics treated her for non-life-threatening injuries.

Anguiano remained at large until Aug. 11, when he surrendered at Chula Vista police headquarters.