A Longview man pleaded not guilty Thursday to new charges of domestic violence assault that arose from an investigation into a separate assault case against him.
Eric Egan Figueroa, 42, currently faces a total of four assault charges related to a series of attacks police suspect him of committing against a woman since October.
Figueroa was originally arrested Dec. 4 after officers were dispatched to his St. Helens neighborhood home in Longview for a report of possible domestic violence.
Police determined Figueroa may have hit the woman in the head, slammed her head against a wall and strangled her. A doctor’s report of the woman found she had sustained internal brain injuries.
Figueroa said he and the woman had argued frequently and said he would only defend himself when the woman tried to slap him, according to police records. He told police he had flipped a chair she was sitting in which caused her to hit her head, but was merely frustrated and did not mean to hurt her.
Police also found 2.1 grams of methamphetamine in the house which appeared to belong to Figueroa. He faces charges of second-degree assault and possession of meth stemming from that incident.
In a Dec. 18 interview while Figueroa was jailed, police questioned him about several newly-discovered suspected assaults in October and November that included more beatings and strangulation.
Figueroa denied strangling or assaulting her but admitted to grabbing her by the hair at one point when she walked away from him because “you don’t walk away when I am talking.”
Based on that interview, Figueroa was charged in a new case with unlawful imprisonment domestic violence and second-, third- and fourth-degree assault domestic violence.