State police officer facing felony charge



By Thomas Garcia

Quay County Sun


A New Mexico State Police officer is out on a $15,000 appearance bond and remains on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation into allegations of felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.


Isaac Vigil, a state police officer for a year and a half, was arrested on Aug. 14, after Tucumcari officers responded to a report of domestic violence about 8:40 p.m. at a residence in the 700 block of Escuela Avenue, said Pete Rivera, Tucumcari deputy police chief.


Rivera said officers interviewed a woman from that address and learned of an alleged domestic assault involving Vigil earlier that day. Vigil was on duty at the time of the interview and not available for questioning, Rivera said.


After the interview, a Tucumcari officer asked that a warrant be issued for Vigil, charging him with child abuse, a third-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of battery on a household member.


Rivera said Vigil was brought to the Police Department by his commanding officers and was taken into custody without incident.


State Police Lt. Damyan Brown said following his arrest Vigil was immediately placed on paid administrative leave. Vigil is not allowed to conduct any law enforcement activities and, per policy, has surrendered his patrol vehicle, police-issue firearm and badge.


Attempts to reach Vigil have not been successful.


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