Española City Police arrested a Chimayó man on an outstanding warrant, after they tried to speak to him regarding a claim he made about killing his wife.
Officer Darren Cruz went to 420 Emporia around 3:36 p.m., Jan. 7, after someone called police to let them know a man there said he killed his wife.
When he arrived, he saw a man, later identified as Anthony Gordon, 42, standing inside the barbershop next door. He walked out of the barbershop and as he did, Cruz could smell alcohol on him. The officer tried to speak with him, but Gordon became irate and pulled away from him and Officer Adrian Moya.
They were able to get control of Gordon and detained him in Cruz’s patrol unit.
“I was advised that Anthony did have an outstanding Warrant for his arrest,” Cruz wrote in his incident report. “Officer Moya and I began to assist Anthony into the back of my unit. Anthony was still being combative and leaned back and kicked Officer Moya in his right side of his face.”
Gordon was arrested on the outstanding warrant and Cruz contacted Española dispatch, to request a welfare check on the man’s wife. Later, dispatch let him know that the woman was OK.
When Cruz spoke with the employees at 420 Emporia, they told him that Gordon was inside the business and became irate with them after they asked him to sanitize his hands.
“Employees advised that Anthony continued this behavior and began hit (sic) his hands on the glass counters,” Cruz wrote.
According to an online court records search, the outstanding warrant was for a case filed in Española Magistrate Court on Jan. 6, in which he was charged with one count each of: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a household member, abuse of a child that doesn’t result in death or great bodily harm, criminal damage to property of a household member and interference with communications.
For the Jan. 7 incident, he was charged with one count of battery on a peace officer and two counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.