Officer arrested on assault charges

Thomas Garcia

State police say a Tucumcari police officer assaulted his wife over text messages to another man.

Robert Vargas, a four year veteran of the Tucumcari Police Department was arraigned Monday morning in the Quay County Magistrate Court on the charge of aggravated assault and battery of a household member.

Vargas pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to court documents.

“Vargas was placed on paid administrative leave, effective Monday,” said Tucumcari Police Chief Jason Braziel.

New Mexico State Police Lt. Cleo Baker, said Vargas turned himself at 3:25 a.m.,