James Gomez, 22, was arrested late in September on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of battery. Gomez had been previously charged with the Feb. 23, 2010, slaying of 16-year-old Zachary Perez whose body was found in a vacant lot near East Fifth Street in Roswell. The autopsy reported Perez had been stabbed 22 times. Gomez admitted to stabbing Perez during the trial. He was acquitted by the jury in April of 2011.
According to the affidavit for criminal complaint on the battery and assault charges, the incident occurred at his Indiana Street residence in Hagerman on March 31. The Hagerman Police Department was dispatched after receiving a report of several subjects with guns.
A witness reported that Gomez repeatedly hit the female victim during a family dispute. In addition, Gomez kicked the victim as she lay on the ground.
Gomez pointed a gun at an elderly female neighbor who tried to intervene on the victim’s behalf, telling her “to mind her own business.” Gomez then pointed a gun at another neighbor when he came out of his house to put his dog on a chain. A second witness confirmed Gomez had pointed a gun at a neighbor.
Gomez was held at the Chaves County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond until the bond was changed to cash or surety, requiring a 10 percent payment on the original $10,000. Gomez bonded out of CCDC on Oct. 10. His preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court has been set for Nov. 11.