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A man accused of severely beating his girlfriend with a tire iron at her Jurupa Valley home, then snatching their 1-year-old son and fleeing to another city, was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and other offenses.

Armando Julio Alvarez Ramirez, 42, was arrested Monday following a regional search involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

Along with attempted murder, Ramirez is charged with domestic abuse, assault with a deadly weapon and sentence-enhancing allegations of using a weapon during a felony and inflicting great bodily injury.

The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta, was slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

According to Sgt. Miguel Ramos of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, at about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Ramirez was involved in a dispute with his girlfriend, identified in court documents by her initials, “D.N.,” at her residence in the 2000 block of Gail Drive.

Ramos said Ramirez became enraged, striking the woman in the “head, face and neck … causing significant injuries.”

Court documents confirmed that the weapon was a tire iron.

Before the victim could call 911, the defendant grabbed their toddler son, Bradley, and fled in his 2000 Dodge Caravan, the sergeant alleged.

“Based on the information received by deputies, it was believed the child was in danger,” Ramos said.

An Amber Alert was issued by the California Highway Patrol, notifying the public to be on the lookout for the defendant and his vehicle.

Within an hour of the alert, a Nuevo resident spotted Ramirez in the 22000 block of Ramona Avenue and called the sheriff’s department. Ramos said deputies converged on the location and took the defendant into custody without incident.

Bradley was found unharmed and returned to his mother, who is recovering from her injuries.

Ramirez has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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