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2 men arrested after allegedly being involved in Las Cruces post-wedding reception brawl

By Staff Report
Published On: Sep 30 2013 01:11:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Jan 16 2014 02:14:41 PM CST

Courtesy Las Cruces Police Department

Mario A. Saiz, 36, left, and Paul Calderon, 41, right, were charged with one count each of aggravated assault on a peace officer; and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer related to a post-wedding reception brawl in Las Cruces early Sept. 29, 2013. Saiz was also charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm and attempting to disarm a police.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -

Two Albuquerque men have been arrested after allegedly being involved in a post-wedding reception brawl in Las Cruces early Sunday.

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

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

Las Cruces Police were sent to Hotel Encanto at around 2 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29 where there was a fight between seven to eight men inside the Azul Nightclub.

Police say that a brawl erupted in the club following a wedding reception and hotel security was unable to control the large gathering.

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 paramedics arrived.

Police say that an officer tried to detain Saiz who allegedly refused commands and tried to take the officer's baton. Calderon allegedly interfered and tried to help Saiz escape the officer's grasp.

Both men were subsequently taken into custody.

The woman allegedly 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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