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Deputy injured while trying to make arrest


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A Chaves County deputy was injured Wednesday night while attempting to conduct an arrest near Midway.

Charles Yslas, chief deputy with the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office, said Thursday he did not have information about specific injuries the deputy sustained. He said the deputy was at home recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

“He is at home and doing fine,” Yslas said.

The suspect in the assault, Alfredo Iglesias, 30, of Roswell, is now being held at the Chaves County Detention Center on a charge of resisting, evading or obstructing a peace officer, according to a Chaves County Detention Center population summary released Thursday morning.

Iglesias also had two outstanding warrants for his arrest for failure to appear in court, according to the summary. He was being held without bond as of Thursday morning.

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Two deputies stopped Iglesias near Midway at 5:30 p.m. and found drugs and a gun in his vehicle, according to Chaves County Sheriff Mike Herrington. Deputies also discovered Iglesias was wanted on the two outstanding warrants.

The deputies attempted to arrest Iglesias, but he resisted and allegedly injured one of the deputies before fleeing the scene.

A distress call was sent out and additional deputies — along with officers from the Roswell, Hagerman and New Mexico State Police departments — arrived on the scene.

Iglesias was later found in the area following a brief search by officers and deputies. He was subsequently taken into custody without incident, Yslas said.

Yslas said the sheriff’s office is working in conjunction with the Chaves County District Attorney’s Office determine what specific charges should be filed against Iglesias for Wednesday night’s incident, but he will face felony charges.

In a post on the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Wednesday, Herrington thanked people who were driving on Southeast Main Street for yielding and pulling to the right of the road as emergency vehicles rushed to the scene.

Herrington also praised area law enforcement agencies for coming together to aid the injured deputy and search for Iglesias.

“We as law enforcement along with the citizens of Chaves County working together will make our community safer,” Herrington stated in the Facebook post.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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