Pasco man accused of attacking girlfriend, her daughter

By the Herald staffNovember 19, 2013 

A Pasco man is behind bars on $100,000 bail for allegedly attacking his live-in partner and threatening to kill her 9-year-old daughter with a butcher-type knife.

Adrian Munoz-Rivera, 28, pleaded innocent to two counts of second-degree assault and one count of felony harassment.

The charges include special allegations that the crimes were committed against a household member, involved deliberate cruelty to the young girl and that the mother's assault was within sight or sound of a minor.

According to court documents, Munoz-Rivera punched his girlfriend in the face, choked her so she couldn't breathe and bit her on the thigh.

When the woman's daughter tried to run for help during the Nov. 3 assault, Munoz-Rivera grabbed the girl by the hair, pulled her back into the West Irving Street apartment and put a knife to her throat, documents said. Munoz-Rivera then allegedly asked his partner if she wanted to watch him kill her daughter.

Munoz-Rivera eventually backed off and placed the knife in a drawer, where police later found it, court documents said. The mother and daughter were visibly upset and had difficulty talking to police after the incident.

Munoz-Rivera has been ordered to have no contact with the victims. His trial is set for Jan. 8.

He also is being held in the Franklin County jail by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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