Downtown San Antonio bar owner charged in violent attack on family member

Jonathan Villanueva, 54, faces three felony charges

Jonathan Villanueva
Jonathan Villanueva (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – The owner of a downtown San Antonio bar faces a long list of felony charges after police said he broke into a home and violently assaulted a family member Tuesday.

Jonathan Villanueva, 54, faces felony charges of burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit assault, violation of a protective order and family violence-2nd after being taken into custody by San Antonio police.

Villanueva owns Basement Bar & Lounge, a nightclub on Losoya Street near the River Walk.

A warrant for Villanueva’s arrest states that he forced his way into a home and punched a female family member in the face and head before wrapping his arm around her neck and choking her.

The alleged victim, who told investigators she eventually passed out, said she saw her daughter punching Villanueva in an effort to make him let her go.

Records show Villanueva was taken into custody around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

He was interviewed by KSAT in June, after rioters had damaged many downtown businesses including his.

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Villanueva was being held in jail Wednesday on bonds totaling $47,000.


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Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined the KSAT 12 Defenders in 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat. He provides restaurant health reports for KSAT's "Behind the Kitchen Door." Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.