Lynden fugitive wanted for beating girlfriend turns himself in


LYNDEN - A Lynden fugitive with a long rap sheet - including a drive-by shooting and domestic violence - turned himself in to the Whatcom County Jail late Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Police hadn't been able to find Visente Galvez-Cruz, 20, for two weeks. He was wanted for an assault that left his girlfriend, 23, with a broken nose, a black eye and a concussion. According to Lynden police reports, she was holding their infant child in her arms while he beat her and knocked her down. The child wasn't hurt.

The hunt for Galvez-Cruz was featured on the front page of The Bellingham Herald on Oct. 9.

Charges have been filed in Whatcom County for felony violation of a domestic violence no-contact order, domestic violence assault in the second degree and intimidating a witness of domestic violence.

At the time of the alleged beating, he was out on bail awaiting sentencing on another crime. He pleaded guilty in September to firing several rounds from an AR-15 outside the same girlfriend's home in Skagit County. Police found his getaway car crashed down the road, near a ditched Bushmaster rifle.

But it took a day for law officers to track down Galvez-Cruz. Deputies arrested him at his father's home in the Everson area, where he had hidden in a clothes dryer.

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