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Retired sheriff’s deputy faces assault, battery charges; Suspicious husband repetitively punched ground ‘inches’ from wife’s head

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A retired Chaves County Sheriff’s deputy was charged with battery and assault following a domestic dispute last week.

According to a statement of probable cause filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court, on Feb 6, a Roswell police officer was dispatched to the 3100 block of Encanto Drive in reference to a physical domestic dispute around 5:43 p.m.

While RPD officer Ashley Wood made her way to the address, authorities learned from dispatch that the caller had 61-year-old Alan Tucker on the ground restrained.

Wood said as she approached the front yard of the residence, the two men separated.

Police spoke with neighbor Humberto Bejarano, the man who originally called 911.

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“Mr. Bejarano advised that he was taking out the trash when he was told by his kids that (they) could hear people yelling from across the street,” the report stated. “He advised when he looked out his front door, he saw a male grabbing a woman by the back of the shirt and dragging her.”

Bejarano told police after he heard screaming, he ran across the street to help.

“Mr. Bejarano advised he saw the male swinging his fist towards the ground, but wasn’t sure if the male was hitting the female or the ground,” the report stated.

The neighbor also told authorities while he had Tucker restrained in a chokehold, he could hear the female victim say she wanted to leave. Police then spoke with the victim, Tucker’s wife, who stated she was cooking dinner when Tucker began to question her.

“She advised that Mr. Tucker had been drinking and became very upset,” the report stated. “She advised that she walked out the front door to avoid an argument.”

Police were told as a result, Tucker had grabbed her from behind by her sweater, causing her to fall to the ground.

The victim also told police Tucker had dragged her by her sweater as a means to get her to go back to their house.

“She advised that Mr. Tucker had been drinking and became very upset,” the report stated. “She advised that she walked out the front door to avoid an argument.”

Police were told as a result, Tucker had grabbed her from behind by her sweater, causing her to fall to the ground.

The victim also told police Tucker had dragged her by her sweater as a means to get her to go back to their house.

“She advised that Mr. Tucker then grabbed her by the hair and began punching the ground, near her head,” the report stated. “Mrs. Tucker stated that a male came over to her house at this point to help her. (I) observed that Mrs. Tucker had grass on her back, consistent with being dragged. Mrs. Tucker was visibly upset and crying.”

Authorities then met with the husband, Tucker, who said he had three vodka drinks prior to the altercation.

“He advised that he was questioning his wife about why she is always talking about another man,” the report stated. “He advised that his wife was getting upset about this,” the report continued.

Police were told it was at this moment after an accusation of infidelity when the victim walked out the front door. Tucker, who said he didn’t want her to leave, grabbed her by the shoulder, which led to her falling on her face, according to the report.

“Mr. Tucker stated that he wanted to know why his wife wouldn’t talk to him, so he grabbed her by the hair and punched the ground several times,” the report stated. “When (I) asked him how close he was to her head, he stated, ‘a few inches.’ Mr. Tucker advised that he was trying to get his wife back into the house so that they could talk.”

Police said they observed two blood marks on Tucker’s face, one was above his left eyebrow, and the other, above his lip. However, police said these blood marks were not from being injured.

“(I) also noticed that Mr. Tucker had a bloody thumb,” the report stated. “Mr. Tucker advised that he is not sure he got the cut on his thumb, but Mrs. Tucker did not hit him at any point during the incident. Mr. Tucker stated that the blood on his face is his own.”

Tucker was charged with assault against a household member, a petty misdemeanor, and a misdemeanor charge of battery against a household member.

The case will be prosecuted by the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s office in Chaves County Magistrate Court. Tucker is being represented by a public defender.

According to online court records, Tucker has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

A pretrial hearing for the case is set for March 7 before Magistrate Judge E. J. Fouratt.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.