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Echeverria facing additional charges in kidnapping case

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Great Falls, MT - A woman found naked and covered in blood on the bathroom floor told police a man stole her purse, threatened her family, and beat her repeatedly.

On Wednesday, Great Falls Police Department responded to a call at a local hotel about a disturbance and when they arrived at the hotel room, they found a woman sitting on the bathroom floor covered in blood. The police report says, the woman identified Michael Echeverria as the man who had beaten her and taken her purse.

Officers observed blood spattered on the bed, floor, walls, and furniture in the room. They also noted a small table had been broken and one of the table legs appeared to have blood on the end of it.

After being transported to the emergency room, the woman told police that she used to be in a relationship with Echeverria, but they have been separated for a while. She said they had gotten into a verbal argument and it turned physical when he pulled her from the bed and hit her repeatedly with his fists. She says that it's also possible he used an object to hit her but she has difficulty remembering.

Witnesses in neighboring hotel rooms told officers they heard violent noises, screaming, profanity, and what sounded like furniture being broken.

New information released today says that when officers spoke to the woman's sister, she said the victim hadn't been returning her texts or phone calls for several hours on the day of the incident and she began to worry. She said around 9 p.m. she then received threatening texts from the victim's phone including one that read "death to your children." The victim's sister also reported receiving a phone call from the victim's phone and a man, identified as Echeverria, stated he was going to kill the woman and her family. The woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Michael Christian Echeverria is being charged with Aggravated Assault, Assault With a Weapon, Partner or Family Member Assault, Robbery, Theft, and two counts of Privacy in Communications.

Over the weekend, Echeverria allegedly called the victim's family from a jail phone to threaten them again. Originally, his bond was posted in the amount of $150,000, but because of the threatening phone calls this bond amount has been revoked. His new bond has been set at $1.5 million.

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