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Two more men arrested after Espanola city councilor allegedly attacked man

Created: 06/27/2014 5:46 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office has arrested two men who deputies said were involved in a fight that ended with an Espanola city councilor opening fire in a Pojoaque parking lot.

Samuel Garcia, 51, from Espanola, and Benjamin Duran, 29, from Santa Fe, are charged with with Conspiracy to commit a violent felony.

Deputies said they were with Española city councilor Eric Radosevich, 43, when he allegedly pistol whipped a man and opened fire on the victim’s truck.

On June 21, the victim told the sheriff's office he was at a gas station when an unknown male approached his pickup truck to speak to his wife. That man has now been identified as Duran.

The man said he confronted the stranger and then got into an argument. While trying to leave the gas station, the victim said the man followed him in a white Chevy pickup with other men inside.

When the victim drove to the Roadrunner Cafe in Pojoaque, Radosevitch is accused of getting out of his truck and striking him several times with a black handgun. The Radosevitch then allegedly fired two rounds toward the victim while driving away--striking the victim's truck.

Through the investigation, the sheriff's office learned the white Chevy pickup belonged to Radosevich. He was arrested on Wednesday and remains in custody at the Santa Fe County Detention Facility.

Espanola’s mayor, Alice Lucero, said Radosevich can keep his seat on the city council until he either resigns or he is convicted of a felony.

“He’s a good person,” said Lucero. “He comes from a good family. He’s a good family man and he’s been a good city councilor.”

KOB made several attempts to reach Radosevich on Friday, but we were unable to.

(L) Benjamin Duran, 29, (R) Samuel Garcia, 51.

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