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Steven Ray Montoya

BILLINGS - A 34-year-old Billings man accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the ear with a key was charged Monday in District Court.

Steven Ray Montoya appeared before Judge Gregory Todd by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to felony assault with a weapon. Montoya also denied misdemeanor charges of partner or family member assault and assault.

The judge set bond at $20,000.

Montoya was arrested June 24 shortly after 11 a.m. after police were sent to check on a possible stabbing in the 600 block of Burlington Avenue. Officers arrested Montoya as he was trying to drive away from the area.

A woman told officers that Montoya was her boyfriend and he arrived home intoxicated. They got into an argument, the woman said, and she threatened to call police if Montoya did not leave the residence.

Montoya responded by saying that if she called police, he would "make it worth it," court records state, and then punched the woman in the face several times.

Montoya is accused of pushing another woman, a friend of the victim, when she tried to intervene.

The victim ran from the the house, but Montoya caught her and threw her cellphone in the street. The women said Montoya then took a set of keys, put the keys between his fingers and began punching the woman in the head. One of the keys stabbed the woman in the ear.

Montoya fled when several neighbors heard the woman's screams and began to approach, court records state.

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