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      Neighbors call police after man attacks common law wife

      Ricardo Rodriguez // Brownsville Police Department Photo

      A Brownsville man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly attacked his common law wife because she wanted to move out of town.

      Brownsville police arrested 30-year-old Ricardo Rodriguez on assault family violence charges on late Monday night.

      Investigators told Action 4 News that officers were called to a local apartment complex for a domestic disturbance.

      Police said the domestic violence incident started with an argument because Rodriguez's common law wife wanted to move out of town.

      Rodriguez allegedly responded by grabbing her in a bear hug and throwing her on the bed and covering her mouth with his hand not letting her breath.

      The woman managed to get away while a neighbor called police.

      Several neighbors told police that they could hear the disturbance from their homes inside the apartment complex.