Suspect in violent attack that left woman unconscious at Chula Vista motel in court

Posted at 5:34 AM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 20:45:38-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A San Diego man accused of kicking his girlfriend into unconsciousness during an argument in the parking lot of a South Bay motel pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of kidnapping, domestic violence and assault.

Surveillance video captured images of a man later identified as Dorian Chavez Anguiano, 42, 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 allegedly 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 medics treated her for non-life-threatening injuries, Lt. Fritz Reber said.

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

Deputy District Attorney Ted Fiorito said Anguiano and the victim were dating.

During Thursday's arraignment, Judge Patricia Garcia ordered Anguiano -- who was free on $180,000 bail -- back into custody because of an alleged probation violation, the prosecutor said.

Anguiano faces 14 years in prison if convicted. He will be back in court Aug. 25 for a readiness conference and Aug. 31 for a preliminary hearing.