A Springfield man has been charged with domestic assault in the first degree, with serious physical injury, for allegedly beating his wife of six months and putting a gun to her head and to the heads of her two children, ages 3 and 8.

Jaime Omar Vasquez, 48, was arrested Oct. 30 and is in the Greene County Jail. His bond is $65,000.

The victim, his wife, told police that Vasquez grabbed her neck with enough force to render her unconscious for an unknown amount of time, causing her to have a seizure.

According to court records, she told police that “when she regained consciousness, she was struck in the face multiple time (sic) with a closed fist, one of them hitting the left eye leaving the bruise.”

She stated Vasquez “then grabbed his tan colored .357 handgun and put it to her head and point (sic) and pressed the handgun at and to the children’s heads.”

According to court documents, she told police Vasquez threatened to kill them and then threatened to kill himself.

The alleged assault occurred on Oct. 26. Police went to the house Oct. 30. They arrested Vasquez.

According to court documents, they could not find a handgun in the house but found ammunition.

Police reported that they saw signs the woman had been beaten about the face and they noted that her jaw might have been dislocated.

She declined to seek medical attention.

An officer later interviewed Vasquez in jail. According to court documents, Vasquez denied any assault occurred, denied having a gun, and said he had not seen any bruises on his wife’s face.

Vasquez, according to court records, told one officer he hoped to stay in the county jail long enough to have free dental work completed.

Steve Pokin

Steve Pokin writes the Pokin Around and The Answer Man columns for the Springfield Daily Citizen. He also writes about criminal justice issues. He can be reached at spokin@sgfcitizen.org. His office line is 417-837-3661. More by Steve Pokin