Man shot by police accused of biting jail guard
Heriberto Nava-Martinez was being held at detention center for allegedly attempting to disarm an officer at San Juan Regional Medical Center
FARMINGTON — The 23-year-old Mexican national charged in September with attempting to disarm a Farmington police officer at San Juan Regional Medical Center now faces new charges for allegedly biting a jail guard.
Heriberto Nava-Martinez was charged Monday in Aztec Magistrate Court with battering a peace officer, a fourth-degree felony.
His attorney, Ruth Wheeler, could not be reached for comment on Monday.
A deputy with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched at about 8 p.m. Thursday to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center in Farmington after receiving reports of a battery, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
A jail guard told the deputy that Nava-Martinez twice refused to re-enter his cell earlier in the evening after he was permitted to leave for a shower. The guard said he put his hand on Nava-Martinez to escort him back into the cell, and Nava-Martinez pulled away from him, the affidavit states.
At that point, another guard arrived at the scene, and both guards forced Nava-Martinez to the ground, where he was handcuffed, according to the affidavit.
During the struggle, Nava-Martinez allegedly bit one of the guards on the right forearm, the affidavit states.
Nava-Martinez was being held at the detention center on allegations he stole a pick up truck on Sept. 6 and led police on a brief, chaotic chase on East Main Street. Nava-Martinez was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center after the incident, where he allegedly attempted to disarm a Farmington police officer.
Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.