A New Mexico State Police Officer was arrested by Roswell Police after he allegedly assaulted 5th Judicial Assistant District Attorney Michael Sanchez, Thursday afternoon. Officer Joe Daniel Green was charged with assault and booked [auth] into the Chaves County Adult Detention Center around 4:30 p.m., Thursday.
He was released about an hour later, after posting a $300 surety bond. â€œHe was, in fact, arrested for an allegation of assault on the assistant district attorney down there,â€ said Eric Garcia, a public information officer for the New Mexico State Police. According to the report, the incident occurred just after noon on Thursday in the 2000 block of South Sunset Avenue.
The report listed Sanchez as the victim, but RPD officials remained tight-lipped on details of the case. According to Garcia, Joe Daniel Green was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by the RPD and an internal affairs investigation by the New Mexico State Police. Garcia said the officer was forced to surrender his badge and gun on Thursday.
â€œThis is an unfortunate incident for the New Mexico State Police,â€ Garcia said. â€œWe always frown upon incidents such as this with our staff being involved in any kind of criminal activity.â€
Joe Daniel Green was hired by the New Mexico State Police in March 2000. He was contacted by the Record on Friday, but declined to comment.