Hearing to be set for Nikko Nathan

At the arraignment of Nikko Nathan on Tuesday on two separate cases, no plea was made and a preliminary hearing is expected to be scheduled in two weeks.

Nathan was captured on Friday, without incident, at a Clovis hospital while visiting his girlfriend who had given birth to his child, according to a report from the Clovis Police Department. He is currently in the Quay County Detention Center.

Tucumcari Police Chief Roger Hatcher said in December that Nathan was Tucumcari’s No. 1 most wanted.

The arraignment was conducted by video with Magistrate Buddy Hall of Fort Sumner. Quay County Magistrate Judge Joel Garnett recused himself from hearing the case. Nathan said he had hired attorney Randall Harris of Clovis on Monday to represent him. Hall said he was entering a no plea for Natan because his attorney was not present.

Nathan is charged on the felony counts of aggravated assault and abuse of a child. Those charges stem from an Oct. 24, 2008 incident when Nathan “lifted up his shirt and exposed … a black handgun” and threatened Franchisca Donovan and her 10-year-old daughter, according to the arrest warrant.

Bond was set at $20,000 cash. Nathan asked Hall if the bond could be reduced. Hall said that he would leave the bond at $20,000 for the safety of the public.

Nathan is also charged with aggravated battery and conspiracy in connection with an incident that occurred six days later, according to an arrest warrant.

In that incident, on Hancock Street by Arthur Jimenez Park,