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Arrest made in assault on officers, attack in man’s Santa Fe home

March 12, 2019

A Santa Fe man was arrested Sunday after he was accused of attacking a man in his home and assaulting two police officers, according to police reports.

Jay Wagers, 23, was charged with two counts of battery upon a peace officer, two counts of resisting or evading an officer and assault, according to reports.

Around 7 p.m. Sunday, police responded to an incident of assault on Alamosa Drive, in which a man stated his nephew’s friend was “acting out and refusing to leave” his home, police reported.

The reported victim told police that he’d asked Wagers to leave his house early that morning, but Wagers later returned. When Wagers was again asked to leave, Wagers tackled the man and punched the left side of his face repeatedly, reports said. He then assumed an aggressive stance “like a bull” ready to charge again, police reported.

Officers located Wagers walking on a sidewalk parallel to Alamosa Drive, toward Camino del Gusto, where Wagers did not respond to verbal commands and resisted arrest, police stated.

When police tried grabbing Wagers’ arms to stop him from walking away, the suspect punched one of the female officers on the right side of her face and kneed a male officer in the back of his head, police stated. Wagers also attempted to bite officers, reports said.

Eventually, officers placed Wagers in handcuffs. They found a large glass pipe in his coat pocket and also charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to reports.

Wagers was arrested late Sunday night and booked at the Santa Fe Adult Detention Center, where he was being held Monday in lieu of bond.