State police officer arrested in Tucumcari

By Thomas Garcia

Quay County Sun

Tucumcari police on Thursday arrested a New Mexico State Police officer on felony child abuse charges and a misdemeanor domestic violence charge, officials confirmed Friday.



Isaac Vigil, a state police officer for a year and a half, was arrested 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 Sgt. Damyan Brown said Vigil was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. He said that while on leave, Vigil is not allowed to conduct any law enforcement activities and, per policy, has surrendered his patrol vehicle, police-issue firearm and badge.

Vigil was booked into the Quay County Detention Center and has since posted a $15,000 appearance bond.

He could not be reached for comment.