Tuesday, August 15, 2006

State Police Officer Charged With Battery

By Rene Romo, Journal Southern Bureau

LAS CRUCES— City police filed a criminal complaint Monday charging an off-duty State Police officer with aggravated battery for his alleged part in a fight last week.
Nicholas Zepeda, 23, was charged with two felony counts— aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery with intent to commit great bodily harm.
State Police spokesman Lt. Rick Anglada said Zepeda will be placed on administrative duties, pending the outcome of an internal investigation and the criminal case.
Zepeda, stationed in Española, was attending a training class in Las Cruces at the time of the incident, Anglada said.
According to a statement of facts filed in Magistrate Court, a dispute that began at a bar carried over to an apartment complex shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday. Three men, including Zepeda, were involved in an altercation with Daniel Reyes, 23, of Las Cruces.
Amy Orlando, chief deputy district attorney, said prosecutors are considering filing charges against the two men who were with Zepeda. She said she did not expect charges would be filed against Reyes.
Reyes told an investigator that, as he was leaving the bar, he punched Zepeda because Zepeda allegedly insulted him.
Zepeda and two friends then drove to Reyes' apartment. Zepeda told police that as he approached Reyes, Reyes reached into the bed of his truck, grabbed a beer bottle and smashed it against Zepeda's head. A fight ensued.
Reyes told police he struck Zepeda with a bottle in self-defense after Zepeda and two other men arrived at his apartment complex and rushed him.
A witness told police a man matching Zepeda's description made "two quick stabbing movements" to Reyes' back with what appeared to be a piece of glass. Reyes suffered two puncture wounds to his back.

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