Real es­tate agent sought af­ter woman at­tacked

Geron­imo em­ployee called po­lice early Mon­day af­ter vic­tim ar­rived nearly naked

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION - By Justin Hor­wath

Po­lice are a seek­ing Santa Fe real es­tate agent af­ter a woman who said she lives and works with him was found out­side Geron­imo Restau­rant early Mon­day morn­ing, wear­ing only un­der­wear and cov­ered in scratches and bruises, ac­cord­ing to an ar­rest war­rant.

Shawn Max McCourt, 50, faces felony charges of kid­nap­ping and un­law­fully tak­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, as well as a mis­de­meanor charge of ag­gra­vated bat­tery against a house­hold mem­ber.

A Geron­imo em­ployee called 911 af­ter 2 a.m. Mon­day, say­ing a woman “had ar­rived naked, stat­ing her boyfriend had beat her,” an of­fi­cer wrote in an ar­rest war­rant af­fi­davit. The woman had “vis­i­ble cuts on her feet, hands, and on her right arm,” the war­rant says.

The woman told po­lice that she lived with McCourt at a home on Otero Street, where they run a real es­tate busi­ness to­gether.

McCourt was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence last month in Colorado.

In late Oc­to­ber, McCourt led po­lice in Du­rango on an 18-mile car chase that ended when Colorado State Po­lice put down spike strips. He was held in the La Plata County jail on charges of evad­ing po­lice and as­sault in­volv­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, The Du­rango Her­ald re­ported.

Colorado court records show McCourt faces a hear­ing in De­cem­ber in that case.

Santa Fe po­lice con­firmed Tues­day that the woman in the Colorado case has filed a re­strain­ing or­der against him in that state, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

It was un­clear if the vic­tim in the Santa Fe case was the same woman.

McCourt had be­come up­set with her when she came home from a night of drink­ing with other ac­quain­tances, the Santa Fe woman told po­lice. He be­gan call­ing her deroga­tory names, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, and blocked

the door­way. The woman said she tried to es­cape over a fence in the back­yard, wear­ing only her un­der­wear.

While she was climb­ing the fence, she said, McCourt grabbed her foot, pulled her down and dragged her back into the res­i­dence by the hair. He forced her on the bed, where he el­bowed her in the ribs, the woman said.

When McCourt went to let his two dogs in­side the home, the woman made a suc­cess­ful es­cape, ac­cord­ing to court records. When she re­turned to the res­i­dence with po­lice, her rental car was miss­ing — and so was McCourt.

Shawn Max McCourt

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