Clovis police have released details on a domestic violence and kidnapping case from early-December.

Around noon on Monday, December 7, an investigator with the 9th Judicial District D.A.’s Office overheard a woman in a restaurant talking about how her boyfriend was holding her three toddler-aged children hostage over an insurance check.

The woman was escorted to the Clovis Police Department where she told detectives her boyfriend, 29-year-old Francisco Perez, demanded she cash a $600 insurance check over a seized gun and broken TV.

She told police he shoved her around while making the demands and repeatedly kicked one of her kids when she tried to stop him.

Perez then sent the woman, identified only as “Jones” by police, out to cash the check. According to Clovis police, he said if she did not come back with cash she "should not be surprised if she heard three shots."

Perez was arrested inside a home in the 200 block of Woodson Way without incident later that day. The children were remanded to the custody of the Children, Youth and Families Department, New Mexico’s analog to Texas’ CPS.

Perez has been arrested two other times in 2015, one for multiple traffic violations, and another for failing to appear in court.

He remains in the Curry County Adult Detention Center with bail set at $50,000. No attorney has been listed.

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