Lordsburg police employee, school board candidate charged in domestic battery
February 03, 2017 10:15 PM
KOB has learned a high-ranking police department employee and candidate for a New Mexico school board is charged with beating his girlfriend. He's also reportedly connected to the campaign of another embattled public official.
A police report obtained Friday details a night of violence. The victim in the case told police it wasn't the first time her boyfriend Edgar Gomez had attacked her.
Gomez is the chief administrator at the Lordsburg Police Department.
A deputy from Gomez's former employer, the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, arrived at the couple's Lordsburg residence on Jan. 19 to a frightened woman who said she and Gomez had fought verbally over his late nights out. The report claims Gomez "raised his arm with a closed fist" and that the victim "was scared she was going to get hit, so she grabbed his hands to stop him."
The woman told police Gomez "grabbed her wrists and twisted her wrists" and "pushed her into the bed" in front of their 3-year-old daughter.
The deputy claimed Gomez was "verbally abusive" toward the woman while he was present, too. The report also said Gomez denied getting physical with her.
During a follow-up visit later in the day, the deputy reported documenting finger-sized bruises on the woman's wrists and a bruise on her chest. Another argument in front of the couple's two young children inspired a call to the Children, Youth and Families Department.
The woman told deputies Gomez had beaten her and choked her before, but she hadn't reported it, stating, "'Who would think Mr. Edgar Gomez would do anything like that?'"
Gomez is a high-profile face in Hidalgo County. He's running for a seat on the Lordsburg Municipal Schools board of education. The election is this coming Tuesday.
A jail administrator told KOB Gomez was also never booked on the Jan. 19 charge but will appear in court next week.
Sources said Gomez is also closely connected to the campaign of embattled Silver City district attorney Francesca Estevez. She was infamously allowed to leave a traffic stop after appearing impaired this past June.
KOB reached out to Gomez on his cell phone Friday and left a message when no one answered.
KOB also reached out to his employer, the Lordsburg Police Department. The department said Gomez and the Lordsburg Police chief both left the office early Friday, that Gomez is still employed, and that he has been at work all week.
KOB is waiting for a response for comment from the police chief, and Gomez is expected in court on Feb. 8, the day after his school board election.
Updated: February 03, 2017 10:15 PM
Created: February 03, 2017 09:32 PM
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