Santa Fe real estate agent sought after woman attacked

Shawn Max McCourt

Police are a seeking Santa Fe real estate agent after a woman who said she lives and works with him was found outside Geronimo Restaurant early Monday morning, wearing only underwear and covered in scratches and bruises, according to an arrest warrant.

Shawn Max McCourt, 50, faces felony charges of kidnapping and unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, as well as a misdemeanor charge of aggravated battery against a household member.

A Geronimo employee called 911 after 2 a.m. Monday, saying a woman “had arrived naked, stating her boyfriend had beat her,” an officer wrote in an arrest warrant affidavit. The woman had “visible cuts on her feet, hands, and on her right arm,” the warrant says.

The woman told police that she lived with McCourt at a home on Otero Street, where they run a real estate business together.

McCourt was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence last month in Colorado.

In late October, McCourt led police in Durango on an 18-mile car chase that ended when Colorado State Police put down spike strips. He was held in the La Plata County jail on charges of evading police and assault involving domestic violence, The Durango Herald reported.

Colorado court records show McCourt faces a hearing in December in that case.

Santa Fe police confirmed Tuesday that the woman in the Colorado case has filed a restraining order against him in that state, according to the affidavit.

It was unclear if the victim in the Santa Fe case was the same woman.

McCourt had become upset with her when she came home from a night of drinking with other acquaintances, the Santa Fe woman told police. He began calling her derogatory names, according to the affidavit, and blocked the doorway. The woman said she tried to escape over a fence in the backyard, wearing only her underwear.

While she was climbing the fence, she said, McCourt grabbed her foot, pulled her down and dragged her back into the residence by the hair. He forced her on the bed, where he elbowed her in the ribs, the woman said.

When McCourt went to let his two dogs inside the home, the woman made a successful escape, according to court records. When she returned to the residence with police, her rental car was missing — and so was McCourt.

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