Highlands boxing coach charged with domestic violence | Crime and courts

A man who coached children at a boxing club in Longview has been arrested three times in the past three months on suspicion of domestic violence.

Cowlitz County deputies arrested Juan Armando Rodriguez, 44, of Kelso in November 2021, December 2021 and January 2022 on charges of violating two restraining orders to protect the same woman, police records show. At the latest arrest, he was also accused of assaulting her.

Rodriguez offers to coach youth boxing at a nonprofit called the Lions Den, which is part of the Highlands Neighborhood Association in Longview, according to the group’s Facebook page.

Rodriguez was arrested on Nov. 3, 2021 on suspicion of violating a restraining order when he allegedly bought cigarettes from a friend at the home of a woman who had a restraining order against him, according to a police report. He was arrested on December 11, 2021, when he was found in the same woman’s home, hiding in a closet, according to another police report. He was arrested on January 4, 2022, after the woman told officers Rodriguez had beaten her repeatedly, and a sheriff’s deputy noticed she had a bruised eye and a clipped hairline. In the latest arrest, Rodriguez was found in the attic of the woman’s garage, a police report said.

According to the probable cause statements that led to all three arrests, Rodriguez was previously convicted of violating no contact orders in 2020 and 2007.

Rodriguez was in Cowlitz County Jail on Monday afternoon with a $35,000 bail. He has two trials in Cowlitz County Superior Court. One is set for Feb. 15 for the gross felony of obstructing law enforcement and four counts of the felony of violating previous protection orders. Another trial is scheduled for March 1 for the felony of violating a protection order and the gross felonies of fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief, according to court records.

A previous story in The Daily News said the Lions Den boxing club helped at-risk youth overcome adversity through boxing. The 2017 article stated that Rodriguez also struggled in his youth. He was already drinking alcohol at the age of 14 and battling addiction.

The boxing club’s Facebook page shows members regularly participated in the Longview Go Fourth parade on July 4 and spoke with community organizations such as the Rotary Club of Longview.

A representative from the boxing club did not respond to a telephone message and a representative from the Highlands Neighborhood Association did not respond to an email.

The boxing club used a facility at Longview’s Archie Anderson Park through an agreement with the city, said Parks and Recreation director Jennifer Wills. She said Rodriguez was the main point of contact for the agreement with the city, which expires at the end of 2021.

Wills said city officials would need to re-evaluate whether the contract would continue if the organization reapplied to use the facilities.

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