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UNM football player arrested, charged with battery

KOB.com Web Staff
June 18, 2018 05:36 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A University of New Mexico football player was arrested over the weekend and faces several charges including aggravated battery and negligent use of a deadly weapon. 


On Monday he pleaded not guilty to those charges, and Judge Michelle Castillo-Dowler agreed to hold him until a pretrial detention hearing can be held in district court. 

22-year-old Rayshawn Boyce was arrested on a warrant in Boise, Idaho.

According to a criminal complaint, he attacked a man inside his ex-girlfriend’s home back in May and then hit his ex-girlfriend in the face. Boyce then left the house and fired shots at her vehicle.

Police interviewed Boyce who admitted to being at the home but says he never went inside. He claims he fought the man outside of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

Police were able to locate a firearm at Boyce’s residence.

Boyce has been charged with aggravated battery, battery of a household member, criminal damage to private property and negligent use of a deadly weapon.

Boyce is a linebacker with the UNM football team who was preparing for his junior season. On Monday afternoon UNM Spokesperson Cinnamon Blair provided the following statement:

“Coach Davie and University administrators are aware of the serious allegations involving Rayshawn Boyce and have taken measures to ensure the safety of the campus and those involved since the incident was reported. Coach Davie has suspended Mr. Boyce from the football team indefinitely. We are unable to provide any other details at this time and will continue to provide any assistance to law enforcement as it is needed.”

UNM Athletics Director Eddie Nuñez added, "I want to emphasize that we have standards and expectations of conduct for all UNM student athletes that include civility and mutual respect. We cannot, and will not, accept anything less."


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