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Alleged Las Cruces wedding brawl results in 2 arrests

LCPD: Mario Saiz (l) & Paul Calderon (r)

Las Cruces PD: Woman allegedly punched, Officer nearly disarmed

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 3:57pm

Two Albuquerque men are arrested early Sunday morning after an alleged post-wedding brawl in Las Cruces.

36-year-old Mario A. Saiz and 41-year-old Paul Calderon, were both arrested and charged with one count each of aggravated assault on a peace officer; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

LCPD officials add that Saiz was also charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and attempting to disarm a police.

According to officials the incident happened around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Officers were sent to the Hotel Encanto at 705 S. Telshor, where a fight between seven to eight men inside the Azul Nightclub broke out.

When officers arrived, they learned that a brawl erupted in the club following a wedding reception and hotel security was unable to control the large gathering.

According to LCPD, their officers were told that, as Saiz exited the club, he allegedly punched a woman in the face causing her to fall to the ground where she lay unconscious until after paramedics arrived.

At some point, a Las Cruces Police officer attempted to detain Saiz who allegedly refused commands and tried to take the officer's baton. Officials add that Calderon allegedly interfered and tried to help Saiz escape the officer's grasp.

Both men were subsequently taken into custody. The woman struck by Saiz was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The officers were not seriously injured.

Saiz and Calderon were booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bonds set at $10,000 each


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